Well, it’s Wednesday morning and I am sitting in McDonalds drinking coffee and watching the world come alive around Nashville. It’s been good week so far as I have made my way across the country and camping as I go.
The most obvious difference about me Is my beard. I have let it grow since this sabbatical began. It serves as a reminder in a couple of ways.
It reminds me to forget about the day to day stuff and focus on the bigger picture of my relationship with God. And the more it itches, the more I am reminded!
It also reminds me that I am who I am. You see, I don’t grow beards very well. There are spots that don’t fill in, and those that do don’t do so too quickly. What takes me a week to grow takes others a day. But there’s not much I can do about that. I am who I am. No use trying to be something I’m not. As a matter of fact, God has made it clear that our imperfections are His doing (and he doesn’t see them as imperfections). God wants to use me in spite of what I se as my faults – and sometimes he uses thenfaults I have in ways I might never know.
I’m not planning to keep the beard after this month, but, as scraggly as I look, I am glad to have the reminder during this time away. God is good.
Holy high-five to you,