Sometimes I wonder about keeping up this blog—like right now, and especially during the past two weeks since my return from Scotland. While on my trips, I feel I have something to share about solitary travel, as well as pictures of far away place to delight my armchair traveling readers. But when I get home, a writing lull sets in; I don’t need the socializing that writing offers me when I’m alone.
And then, what do I have to say that is new, interesting, or worthwhile? Here are some quick answers that just came to mind as I wrote that question. Writing helps me figure out what I’m doing and why; posting gives me meaning and purpose. If that’s true for me, it must be true for you who read the blog (over 100 a day). You must be gleaning something from my thoughts about silence, solitude, and simplicity. I knows some of you, but not many. I like to believe that this blog joins us together mysteriously in positive ways, if for no other reason that I am committed to write from a seat of gratitude with a cup half full always by my side.
Here’s my Christian thoughts on the topic.
For a moment, let us consider that Jesus’ ministry was a kind of blogging. In preaching to the crowds, he did two things that resonate with my purpose in speaking out. He was trying to figure out what God was calling him to do and be out in the world— his meaning and purpose. And, he was sharing with others what he believed to be of value and benefit for them—their meaning and purpose.
Did Jesus ever wanted to stop his ministry? I don’t have an answer to that, but scripture tells us that it was hard work. The good news for all of us is that Jesus tells us to go off by ourselves, to spend time alone with God, and to pray.