new themes

It’s been nonstop busy since the day of graduation (and it certainly wasn’t any less busy beforehand). I managed a trip home to see all sorts of family, including my grandparents from Minnesota who drove in. Short after, in Seattle I saw the lovely Anna Farlow marry Brian Carper as a torrential downpour managed to sneak itself in during the short ceremony. Umbrellas were in abundance.

Ha, and there is M Frank's Mom! She was his date.

When it was done I took a train to Portland to see Sarah’s best friend, Tiff, get married. Sarah was the stunning maid of honor and I don’t think I’ve seen a dance party last so long at a wedding. However, I’m quite certain the upcoming wedding this Sunday back in Portland for Michael and Liz will trump anything I’ve seen before. After the wedding we spent a few days resting and seeing people, and even managed to squeeze in a hike at this little place. We felt like we were in the jungle.

Multnomah Falls

But now we are both back and looking for little work opportunities before a tentative job at UGM starts in August for the both of us. We are forever hoping and praying that it goes through, both for the sake of employment, but because of who/what/where work consists of.

Lastly, I wanted to share a couple things. I’m just about finished with the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, and at the end of his fourth installment, which was a story about the main character essentially trying to find his identity since he’s an orphan, this line is written as a summation of what he learned in his travels: “In the time [I was away] I saw strength – and frailty. Pride and vanity, courage and fear. Of wisdom, a little. Of folly, much. Of intentions, many good ones; but many more left undone. In this, alas, I saw myself a man like any other.”

I’m loving this line so much, and hoping to keep pondering it for the sake of finding humility, as well as hidden endeavors, within myself. I also feel like it’s a great supplement to the contemplative process of a post-grad life.

And to close this post, I started reading Deuteronomy today, and in it Moses recaps Israel’s experience after the Exodus. He writes in reference to the despairing, grumbling, resistant hearts of the people: “But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God, who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.”

It’s nice knowing that we have a God who knows what paths we should be trudging ahead on, even when we are too fearful to step forth. Furthermore, His faithfulness still perseveres despite our forgetfulness of His ability to act. It’s a little disappointing reading about how whiny, pathetic, and fickle Israel is, because it’s a perfectly accurate representation of the Church, which includes myself. But His grace never fails. And the Spirit is never short in patience. So as we all lumber through life, we can trust in a God that won’t leave our side – even when we feel He’s absent or led us to destruction.

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~ by Chris Kyle on June 24, 2011.

2 Responses to “new themes”

  1. WOW i am particularly loving those last two paragraphs. christopher. what insightful thoughts. not to mention, that is a beautiful verse to meditate upon during this post-grad chapter. i may just have a journal sesh about that tomorrow morning.

    xo

  2. Love your quote – will stew and chew on that for a bit.

    And your Grandparents so enjoyed seeing you and Sarah – what a precious time for all!

    Couldn’t be prouder of you, Son!

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