Sunday, March 05, 2006

Here I Am

Stained glass window in LTSS chapel
Worship space is really important to me. I have to "feel" something in a chapel at seminary since, you know, I'll be worshiping in it every single day. And I definitely felt something in the chapel at LTSS. It's a beautiful place.
The verdict is in. :)
Friends, our visit to the Carolinas honestly couldn't have been more perfect. As I sat in church on Ash Wednesday, I distinctly felt like I am on the edge of some pretty big stuff in my life. Stuff I'd never imagined would happen. . .but wouldn't trade for the world. My life is just one giant testament to the fact that God knows what's up. There have been moments when I've seriously cried to the heavens, "God, what's up with this crap?" and then sometimes God waits a while to answer my question. But when He does, I find that all I can do is sit back and say, "Ohhhh. Now I get it."
Christians speak about this stuff all the time--how God answers prayers on His own time schedule, etc. And somehow it doesn't mean as much as when it is actually made evident in your life. And when it is, it's kinda all you can think about for a while. Kinda like witnessing a miracle or something. You just can't get enough of how dang cool it is.
And that's where I am.
Becky and I will have more stories to share as the week goes on. Our trips together are always fun. . .it's a bummer that this may have been our last one (for a while, at least). I love you, Beckycita. ;)

9 Comments:

Blogger Becky said...

Lauren, I'm glad to know that you will be in good hands when you move the the far east of the country. But I know you will be so happy there and that makes me happy. I just hope that Jason and Steven and Wade and all those other guys don't get you into too much trouble.
We'll plan another trip together sometime...it may be far away, but it was happen!
Love you!

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Where is Southern Seminary?

8:59 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

The Carolinas are pretty. You should have lots of inspiration there.

I can't wait to read blogs from someone in seminary. You better stay insightful and not use vague, recycled language. Keep it real, Mutha Dow.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Have I ever mentioned that part of the reason I decided to become Catholic was because of the breathtaking beauty of many of the cathedrals? When I visited Frisco a couple years back, I visited some of the cathedrals and I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of belonging and safety while inside. Weird reason to change faiths, but I've heard of weirder.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I will keep it real fo shizzo, Lesl! The soon-to-be Mutha Dow is ready for some insightful and challenging stuff to chew on. . .I think the blog crew and other friends are just as important to my seminary experience as the actual classes I will attend. Conversations will bring more insight than anything.

I remembered something this weekend that made me laugh. I heard the song "Karma Chameleon" (or whatever it is) and totally thought of Ms. Taylor!! Remember how she did that little dance and was like, "Guys, there's a song about commas! I swear! It goes like this. . ."

1:50 PM  
Blogger trishy said...

ok I totally was the second one to post a comment and now it has disappeard.

I'm heartbroken.

I said that the picture of the TLU chapel stained glass made my day. But I take it back. Because it took my comment back.

Stupid blog.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Rob West said...

Have I told you how happy I am about all this?

2:09 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Yes, Mrs. Taylor was totally not kidding when she sang that song, either. The lady thought the song was about commas and a lizard, and somehow that made sense to her. Good ol' Mrs. Taylor. I miss public education.

So I don't get it. Maybe I missed the process earlier. Did you already get "accepted" to both institutions and now you just say which one you want? You start in the fall?

And, I want more details about the real-life interaction between you, Becky, and the Carolina boys.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Capn, I think cathedrals are bee-utiful. I don't think that's necessarily a weird reason to choose a faith tradition. After all, space is pretty important.

Trish, I've had trouble leaving comments today, too. But whatev. We'll chalk it up to Blogger being a Big Damn Boo Whore.

Robby, I'm as excited as can be! One less Swankytonian will live in Texas come June. . .which is sad, to be sure. But I *guess* I can manage livin' it up Swanky-style with the Mayor, etc. I mean, it'll be rough, but you gotta do whatcha gotta do, right? :)

2:37 PM  

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