After three months of looking forward to it, tomorrow I'm off for GMA Week in Nashville! I fly out of Timmins Friday morning and will return the following Friday (April 7th). Following the most direct route Nashville is 1827 km away from home (that's 1135 miles)- praise God for the inventions of airplanes!
Needless to say I'm pretty pumped up for the week- I still can't believe that I've been blessed with this opportunity! I've got interviews lined up with Hawk Nelson, Superchick, Kids in the Way, Starfield, Paul Wright, Skillet, Kevin Max, and so many other great artists- it's going to be a blast!
Also after the what the past couple of months have held for me, I'm really looking forward to the change of scenery and the change of pace. As I found out on my trip to the East Coast of Canada last year, there's something special about leaving what you know and exploring what you don't. It a journey. And for me journeys are holy moments.
I'm not sure what internet access will be like and if I'll even have any spare time to post, but if I do, you'll be hearing from me at some point throughout the week. In the meantime, I covet your prayers for a safe trip, for good health, and ultimately for a spiritual journey that leaves me forever changed.
"So my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God.
We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God had established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?
It might be time for you to go, It might be time to change, to shine out.
I want to repeat one word for you: Leave.
Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed." (Donald Miller- Through Painted Deserts)