It’s been a few weeks since my last post here, and there is a reason for that.  I’m going to explain that reason by way of an update.

While I was in Barcelona, I wrote a post called “Embracing Uncertainty”.  That post was difficult to write because of the circumstances in which I was writing it, but it was one of the most honest things I’ve written.  I took a real look at what I was doing.  I questioned my motivations, my reasons, and my understanding of the situation.  I accepted what was going on and drew what conclusions and lessons I could from it.  More than this, though, I trusted that God had a plan, even if I didn’t know exactly what it was.

If I made it seem like it was easy embrace my uncertain circumstances, it really wasn’t.  At multiple times throughout those days, I asked myself what I was doing here in Europe.  I was frustrated.  I wasn’t working.  I was spending a lot of money.  Why?  Having fulfilling experiences is great and all, but that can’t be everything.  There has to be more, and, at that point, I wasn’t sure what ‘more’ looked like.

It took a willingness to accept uncertainty before I could find the certainty I needed.

The day after posting “Embracing Uncertainty”, I was sitting in a hostel in Valencia working on another post, still possessing no idea as to what, exactly, would come next.  As I was writing about the name of this blog, specifically where ‘Shelter’ comes from, I went to the website of L’Abri Fellowship so that I could post a link to their site.  While reading about L’Abri and looking at their site that I had the thought, “What if I went there?”

There are times when things, for one reason or another, just seem to make sense.  An epiphany.  A spark of creativity.  A moment of clarity.  Whatever you want to call it.  In that moment, going to L’Abri made sense.  It made more sense than anything else I was pursuing up to that point, even teaching English.  Thus, after receiving a response to my application email, I started making plans to go there.

It’s funny to me how it all worked out.  I wrote and posted “Embracing Uncertainty”, and I was really following through with the spirit of what I wrote.  I was ready to continue on with little idea as to what would come next.  Within less than 48 hours of publishing that post, I had plans to go to Switzerland to L’Abri for four weeks.  I decided I would go to Switzerland by way of Italy.  I booked a train ticket from Valencia to Madrid for a day and a half to see some friends.  From there I would fly to Rome (you can read about my misadventure to the Madrid airport in “According to Plan”).  It took a willingness to accept uncertainty before I could find the certainty I needed.

I plan on writing a separate post about my time at L’Abri, especially because I’m still processing it.  However, I do want to address why I haven’t posted in some time.  Internet access at L’Abri is purposelessly limited because, in the spirit of promoting community, they are trying to limit distractions.  They believe the Internet can be a distraction, and I couldn’t agree more.  It is a distraction, and disconnecting was a breath of fresh air.  That’s why it’s been a while, but I plan to get back on a regular schedule again now.

3 thoughts on “Update

  1. Jill December 14, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Glad to hear that you’re well. We’ve missed hearing from you, but i understand how freeing it is to be disconnected from the distractions of life. Love you, brother, and continue to pray for you & your adventures. 🙂

  2. Jen Koch December 15, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    We love you and miss you!!

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