Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pre-adventure prep talk

The countdown to June 1st is on! I thought I'd jump in ahead of time and give some thoughts on how to gear up for this season of...well, what to call it? Spiritual adventure? That sounds kind of cool (and fits well with our goal of learning to negotiate the tension between praying big and breathing easy) so we'll make that our new slogan:

Welcome to Spiritual Adventure 2009--just like Outward Bound, but with showers! (and no bugs...)

If you're new to the blog, here's a link to last year's description, along with some tips for starting out.

For me, this year feels slightly different than last, in that most of my thoughts about life, faith, adventure, and dreaming big have taken place during a huge transition, as Steve and I moved from Cambridge, MA to Ithaca, NY. So this idea of Spiritual Adventure has been at the forefront of my mind for a few months now. And as I've processed it all, one CD has been in almost constant rotation on my iPod--almost like my Spiritual Adventure soundtrack. It's called THE WORLD AWAITS by Ryanhood.

The lyrics on the CD hit on every theme I've pondered during this season of hoping, wondering, being terrified I might make the biggest mistake (or miss the best opportunity) of my life. So I thought I'd share them with you, each day, here as part of the posts. They'll give us a great frame of reference.

As an addend bonus, when I emailed the guys in the band to ask permission and for some background on their creative process, I hit a goldmine of great stuff to share! (They recently opened for Kelly Clarkson & Jay-Z, so I was psyched they had the chance to answer). In a nutshell, their words confirmed what I've seen: building the life we long for is work! But it's worth it, and miracles show up in the middle of it all when we leave a little room for God.

So--If you'd like to jump in a few days early, you can order THE WORLD AWAITS here from their website (or at iTunes, Amazon, or wherever you like to buy your music).

And a quick note of solace/encouragement for those of you who prayed for something big last year during our 40 Days together and haven't seen it happen yet: Me, neither. That doesn't mean we have to give up, though, or that God's answer is "no." I'm not sure what it means. But I guess my best response is to give God 40 more days to revisit the conversation :)

See you Monday!


Sarakastic said...

I haven't seen my prayer from last year answered yet so I'll be doing this again besides the fact that it was a great expierence. In all fairness, it was a pretty big goal. I have become about a hundred steps closer to my goal & I'm a lot happier and more at peace.

Stella said...

Count me in!

A song that really impacted me is "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller ... its from the Fireproof soundtrack. There are several versions of it running on YouTube. It has lifted me up when it feels like my prayers aren't being answered or heard, and leads me to worship Him anyway (when I'd rather pout and whine).

Thanks Trish for taking on another 40 Days!