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The end of February marks the end of the 10th year this blog has been in existence. 10 years! Some years have been more prolific than others, especially lately. And these 10 years have seen many changes in my life. But here I am still posting . . . and rambling. I beg your indulgence as this post may be a little more rambly than usual.

I got on tonight to write an end-of-January blog (as part of the usual blog-a-month New Year’s resolution that’s more a flurry of ideas for blogs throughout the year than it is an actual resolution to write more). Got on to write one of those idea posts, one involving a YouTube playlist I’ve been working on and intending to share . . . . But as I was tweaking the list and getting it ready to post, another song came to mind that perhaps I should have included in the list . . . and off I went to find it. And it led me to other songs by the same artist–an artist I’ve appreciated over the years but haven’t exactly followed. An artist who has some really great newer (and older) stuff.

And I got distracted looking at songs.

And somewhere along the way, I found this one. I especially love the first few lines–because I’ve been reflecting lately on how different my reality is from what I always thought it would be when I arrived at this age.

I remember my parents at this age and thinking how much they knew, and I assumed that by the time I was “an adult” I would know everything and be the expert and always know just what to do and what to tell others to do. And adulthood is very much not that way.

It also seemed logical to think that at some point I would have “arrived” as a Christian and have all the answers and be able to tell everyone what to do. But that is not the way that it works. In reality, it’s very much like the horizon: you reach the line you thought was the end of the world and find that there’s a whole lot more still ahead of you.

And so . . . instead of the New Year’s blog I thought I was going to write today . . . I am quietly reflecting (briefly) on where I find myself here, at the end of 10 years of blogging, on the changes that have come and gone and the changes that are ongoing. Most of all, there’s a most important constant. And it’s really hard to put that constant into words because the constant is a person, the one I’ve been chasing and who somehow has also been pursuing me and finding me all these years.

I’m just going to borrow some of Andrew Peterson’s words to express this most amazing (and perhaps baffling, at times) constant–because his song finds a very strong echo in my heart.

After All These Years–Andrew Peterson

 

 

 

 

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I have another blog that i haven’t used much lately–Notes from Joybells. I usually reserve it more for personal events than for thoughts on life and God and stuff like that. So this blog gets more use. But this month, a student of mine had an assignment that introduced haiku and gave me an idea for writing one a day during the month of Feb. I’ve begun posting some of them on my other blog (though I probably could just post them all here by this point . . . *indecision, thou art my bane!*)

Enjoy! =)

http://joyfully2b4u.blogspot.com/2011/03/haikusenryu-of-day.html

Oh, God of dust and rainbows, help us see That without dust the rainbow would not be. ~ Langston Hughes

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