It’s true that I am often a little restless, feeling like there might be more to this faith thing than just communing with Him and going to church and Bible studies.
The higher up and deeper in I walk, the more He shows that to whom much has been given, much is expected.
I’ve been given much. And if you are reading this, chances are, you have been as well.
Therefore, much is expected.
I’m about to embark on a journey I’ve only dreamed about and now that it’s upon me, I’m scared. Excited. Anticipating.
As Shauna Niequist wrote in her incredible book Cold Tangerines, “You can’t unsee the seen.”
She was speaking of her trip to Africa.
And I’m knowing that I too, will not be able to unsee the seen. I’m expecting a kick in the heiny, a jolt to my thinking, a shaking of the shoulders.
Moments of tears because of the injustice and awe because those with nothing often worship Him with such wreckless abandon while those with much often don’t even acknowledge He exists.
Moments of communing with women a world away over the shared concerns of motherhood. Of being a wife. A woman in general.
Moments of expecting this to be what Anna Quindlen calls in her book A Short Guide To A Happy Life, “the before and after” event.
The event which forces us to view the world just a bit differently once it happened because we can’t unsee the seen, or unknow the known, or unspeak the spoken.
Because ignorance is no longer bliss.
I expect the grasp of reality to jolt me awake, forcing my white suburban self who has never really wanted for much, to really see for the first time.
And there I will stand, with new lenses over my eyes that won’t allow me to unsee the seen.
Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. – Ephesians 5:14
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Can’t wait to hear what you are going to do.
When both of my sis’s adopted from Uganda as I walked this journey with them there were times when I felt ignorance was bliss and I wanted to put fingers in ears and sing lalalalalala….but, then the reality of it is, I’m grateful and have a part in me forever changed because of it.
I too, am excited to hear what is up with you!
There is no doubt that God will change your heart on this trip. So proud of you for going. I know it is so hard to leave those kiddos!
That is my husband and my favorite quote. It challenges you to look beyond what you are used to seeing and it challenges you to protect yourself from seeing the wrong thing. Remember that the most important thing is not just to see, but to see through God’s vision. He sees things like nobody else does. Looking forward to your news. ~Jessica
This was just so powerful. Thanks so much for sharing this today.
Have a blessed day♥
Oh, girl. I’m right there with you.
What an incredible blessing your post is to me today. Being in ministry, I completely relate to unseeing the seen. It just can’t be done. I am so thankful you are a sister-in-Christ who doesn’t want to “unsee”, but rather pursue. I’m so blessed by that.
You have me so curious… Can’t wait to see what God has planned for you!
P.S. Love your Shauna quote. Shauna is a good friend ~ and I just love watching God use her beautiful heart and gifted writings to impact many.
My daughter’s trip to Haiti was her “can’t unsee” moment. We’re so blessed and we don’t even realize just how much.
“It’s true that I am often a little restless, feeling like there might be more to this faith thing than just communing with Him and going to church and Bible studies.”
OHHHHH, I’m just getting around today and I swear I could have written this myself…too bad you don’t live next door and we could sit, chat and save the world…In the midst of my own “can’t unsee” season…praying contending for vision and clarity…joining you in those prayers…
love you girl!