Do you ever feel like you are just like hanging off the cliff of life, where you are just kind of hanging on for dear life emotionally or spiritually or financially or in regards to major decisions that shape your future?
What do you tend to do when you are in this space? How do you tend to cope? How does your faith enable you to continue to hang on?
This is a picture that my nephew took of me in the summer of 2007 when I was traveling with my family to the Grand Canyon. It also, in some ways, illustrates how I have felt recently. Sometimes I feel like I’m hanging on the edge of a cliff. A life of faith often seems to lead to cliff hanging. And while cliff hanging has many difficulties associated with it, there is also some real beauty to be found, like in this picture. In the midst of hanging on a cliff I can see the majestic hand of God at work.
There are many things happening in my heart, mind and life these days, too many things to articulate and many things that are better suited to face to face conversations than to a blog. Many things that bring me great joy, energy and life. Yet there are other things that are painful, confusing and quite draining.
Of course, this is the nature of life. It is in these times that I remember some of Paul’s words, “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participate in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…” If you have a moment, please take some time to pray for some major decisions I need to make.
I trust you are enjoying the current series that I’m hosting with Wil Hernandez as he talks about Henri Nouwen and spiritual friendships, spiritual guidance, mentoring and spiritual direction. Nouwen is certainly one of my historical mentors in life. The conclusion of this series will be happening on Wednesday. And then there will be something else special happening.
I hope you will take some time to interact with this current series. Wil is a great person to interact with. So take some time to interact with him.