I’m sitting in the Starbucks at the Raleigh-Durham airport right now, with my first year of seminary behind me and a great adventure before me, an adventure I have waited many, many years to undertake. I’ve been so busy with school and my own formation and a bit of singing here and there, that I just haven’t mentioned it much. And I must confess that even as I boarded the plane at Reagan National this morning, I wasn’t clear enough from the fog of study and preparation to be sure that it was real. But as I sit here, waiting for the rest of my travel group to arrive, it has struck me that it really, really is real.
I am at last going to Israel.
If you keep up with my musings on my blogs, you might say, hey, wait, didn’t you go there in the fall? I mean, you wrote about it…here’s the piece I wrote. But that trip was cancelled because of geo-political stuff. So when the chance to go this spring came around, I decided to take it.
At first I was not sure — it would mean leaving a week before the spring term was over. And at the time, I didn’t really understand that it was going to mean writing and writing and writing to get a whole lot of papers and projects done over a week early. Oh yes, and then there was taking the Hebrew final many days early. But I decided to go for it, and now, on the other side of all that effort, I’m glad I did — for a lot of reasons. First, the last two weeks of my life have proven to me the truth of the old adage that a task will expand to fit the time allotted to it. So less time combined with some careful planning and everything still got done. Second, the other lesson was — sometimes there really just is “good enough”. Questions that drive me to write and think and pray are not going to be solved in a 6 week class and the resulting reflection paper. Those questions will still be there, new answers will be found and on and on and on….
So here I am. I’ll do my best to share a little of my adventure each day with those of you who have been so supportive and encouraging this last year as I studied and…well, whatever it was that happened this year.
Let the adventure begin, that’s what I say. My camera and my notepad are ready. And I am too…at last.