An unfamiliar land
January 21, 2013, 11:42 pm
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eaglecrestA month or so ago I finished the business administration program I was a part of at home. It has been non-stop since the day classes ended.  I left a few days later to drive across the country, to help move a friend to Truckee, CA and to be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and even more incredible people of America.  As we went we were blessed with the privilege of visiting close friends, enjoying good music, good food and some amazing skiing as we put the miles behind us. After skiing a big storm in Tahoe it was time to fly home, go back to work for a few days and prepare for the next jaunt.  After a week of deep, light powder in the backcountry I picked up a couple friends and drove to Connecticut to visit my best friend for a reunion week of shenanigans with good friends. After a week of belly laughs, less-than-deep conversations, death threats and other awkward moments I was back home for four days. This month of adventures served as a sort of precursor for another adventure, one that I’m having a difficult time defining.

After spending four days finalizing a million odds and ends I finally got on a plane headed to Juneau, Alaska.  Actually, I started a long exhausting day with 4 layovers spread all over the USA but the fuse was lit to a new adventure. My best friend lives up here in Alaska and I’ve been dreaming of the place since I was a kid so somewhere along the line I purchased a one-way ticket and did everything I could do to keep myself free of unnecessary expectations.

I’ve been here for about a week now and it has most definitely been a sensory experience thus far.  I’ve never spent much time near the ocean let alone trapped between the ocean and wall-like peaks.  I have never had a fire on an ocean beach (without birch bark, too). The weather, the smells, prices and people are all different from home. This place is unlike any place I have ever been. Boats are bigger here. This place isn’t manicured to death like many places I’ve been. These people seem be well acquainted with simplicity. I can appreciate that.  The mountains here, although not much taller than the Adk Mtns, are like walls. They don’t have the gently bell shape of my home mountains but are massive knife like spines.

Already I have been blessed to have a family away home, good company and great adventures but the overwhelming feeling of unfamiliarity has surely blanketed the experience. I have never left home for an extended length of time without a plan or expectations.  Having no routine invites anxiety but for the most part anxiety has been drowned out by great conversations and the beautiful landscape.  It’s a pleasure to visit another place that so powerfully yet elegantly portrays the creative nature of our loving God. There is no artistic medium more powerful than the natural world and the people therein and their single creator operates with all perfection.

I’m not sure what this little journey will bring and I’m trying to stay free of expectations but I will expect this: I expect to be overwhelmed by Gods portrayal of beauty and grace in the people around me and in the unique landscape I am surrounded by. I will expect to be drawn closer to my God by His work in my life each day and I expect to have a great time in the process!

In an unfamiliar land, I am overwhelmed with excitement to turn the next page…


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