Heading for the Loop

Thursday, July 26, 2007

This morning when I got up and moving, I was surprised to find that there was a deep sense of contentment resting with me. I walked to the University in a good clear mood, and I may have even have whistled as I walked.

Ok, that paragraph just makes me look too much like I was in a Viagra commercial... sorry.

I assure you that I um, wasn't high on viagra, as much as I was high on some part of life yet to be identified...

Yes, now to save this post...

While I was thinking later on in the morning, I recalled that last night while I was praying, I experienced a very clear sense that I am deeply glad for what I do. And that thing that I do is pastoring. I am really glad that I have the opportunity to do that, it is a gift to me and. I. love. It.

Go figure. I haven't been able to say that for a long time. At least not with a straight face.

But there it was last night, coming up in my prayers from some deep place inside of me.

And perhaps there is a connection, between that realization, and my sense of contentment.

But as I looked more into that contentment, I realized that because contentment is there, creativity begins to work it's way back into my heart.

I have been creatively dry for longer than I care to admit. Before the summer, I hadn't taken an interesting picture for a long time. And my writing was for the most part, just bla, bla, bla.

But as I sensed contentment, creativity started to grow. Maybe they are related, in good ways.

I need creativity in my life. It is the physical outworking of internal joy.

Chicago RiverSo, tonight I think I am heading downtown to take pictures of Chicago. We have the evening free and most of us are exhausted, but I think I have enough gas to make it there and back.

Occasionally its good just to ooh and ah at some amazing architecture and visuals. Reminds me that there are big amazing things in this world. I think I need that.

So I'm off for the El.

Wish me luck blessings. 




  1. its good to see that you are in a good place with god.
    have a handfull of blessings

  2. You and me both about rediscovering calling, contentment and creativity in recent weeks. Now if only I can kick the preacher's habit of going for 3 alliterative points...

  3. Rachel - you wouldn't be baptist by any chance?

    Randall - have a good time. Wish I'd had a camera with me, the one time I went to Chicago.

    Funny story - went there in '98 with a colleague. We went up one of the towers (I *think* it was sears, but can't be sure) as tourists do. While we were 'up' I felt the tower sway, and said so. I was then accused to trying to scare my companion most cruelly until several minutes later she felt it too! Boy, do we have to get down quickly.

  4. Toni, I've been up that tower and the thing does surely sway, and a good distance too!

    But last night I was on the streets, lots of people to capture and sights to frame. It was hot, humit, and lovely.

    Rachel; you've been in my heart these days and I've been praying for you. Hope the journey is going ok.

  5. I hope that the picture taking goes well. Blessings.

  6. Sounds like you already have the Blessings, Randall. Enjoy!


Play nice - I will delete anything I don't want associated with this blog and I will delete anonymous comments.

Copyright Randall Friesen. Powered by Blogger.