I have been reading – A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I brought in my little excursion to the book store for my birthday and I must say it is an entertaining read so far. It has brought me face to face with a few things missing in my life. It is these same things that I am trying to look at in my upcoming Sabbatical in June. I am actually calling it that now.
I have spent the last seven plus years being a pastor of a good church that is now making the first steps to being a great church. I consider my walk with Christ solid but there is something I cannot really name that is missing from it. I have over those last seven years, I have not taken much time off and so I am taking a whole month of June off this year. The point is to recover something that I am not sure what it is. I can’t tell if it is about excitement and passion or just some sort of balance I have lost. Or maybe there is nothing missing but there is something God wants to add to my life and I need to go find what that is.
In any case, I have been thinking the path to find it might be an actual path through the woods. I will say again I actually do not have much against the outdoors, my real problem is allergies and mosquitoes. Flonase seems to help the first really well and well the right Deep Woods OFF and a few pieces of proper clothing and the Michigan State Bird can be dealt with. The real thing I think I need is genuine solitude to find the something that is missing.
My aim is to hike out to a point in the morning somewhere. Read and Write for a while and then hike back. I don’t really needs a tent or bedroll but I will need some good hiking shoes and a good trail to do that on. Then again maybe finding a trail that will allow me to hike from one campsite to another and then call it a day might be a good thing too. June is a good month to do this but all Summer I could take some time the thing with June is I might find myself out of church and into the wilderness to be with God. I know this sounds weird from a pastor – but I need to get away from church for a while. For myself and then for the church I need to do this so I can come back with fresh eyes. More importantly with a fresh spirit.
There is a lot going on in June like my son’s wedding and my anniversary but I think the rest of the time I can come up with something that involves me, God and hiking boots. In May I can do some training hikes and such to get ready and I need to look at some maps.
Blessings and Cheers!!!