So I’ve been on something of a blogging hiatus, an intentional one for a change (!). Since it’s been three weeks since I’ve posted I thought I’d pop in and offer a list of things I’ve learned this month…
1. I don’t miss writing. Really. I don’t. My writing hiatus has extended over to my responsibilities at Out of the Ordinary as well and while I’ve occasionally had the passing potentially good idea for a post, I haven’t (yet) thought it worth the time and effort to actually write, including, incidentally, this post. I’m not sure what this means for my future in blogging, I suppose time will tell. I will say this is the most surprising of the things I’ve learned this month.
2. I’m not sick often but when I am I pretty much want to die. And, yes, of course, I admit to such with tongue firmly in cheek because I know that death is not a laughing matter and sometimes people do get sick and do die. However, as I’ve battled some kind of cold and sinus deal these past couple of weeks, I keep thinking of Mrs. Bennett of Pride and Prejudice and her assertion that “people do not die of trifling colds.” Maybe not, my dear Mrs. Bennett, but they sure want to. What can I say? I’m a wimp. Kill me now.
3. I love October. This isn’t a new lesson but one I enjoy re-learning every fall.
4. I took a media fast for about a week. No blogs, no twitter, no Facebook. I discovered, somewhat surprisingly, that I didn’t miss anything. Not anything at all. Makes one wonder about the weight we assign to our social media interactions.
5. Hope and grace are all over the Old Testament prophets. I’m teaching an overview of the prophets, a prophet a week, and as I prepare each lesson I am struck not only by the historical context and the often dire and tragic circumstances in which the prophet is ministering but I am struck also by the uncompromising holiness and justice of God. And, still, amid the righteous judgment of the sovereign Lord, there is the promise of hope, deliverance, grace, Jesus. The Lord is good even in judgment.
6. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what and to whom the prophets teach. Someone, upon hearing I was teaching a study on the Old Testament prophets, remarked I must be reading a lot about (President) Obama. Um, no.
7. It is never easy when friends move away. That’s all I want to say about that.
So there you go. Seven (among many) of the things I’ve learned this month. What about you? What have you learned in October?