With the way life works, going to Oregon was a way to get away, refresh my spirit, and get closer to God. The sights were incredible, and there were several God moments as I was grateful to experience all the beauty. It was definitely great to see and experience, but I also found myself a bit stuck in emotions and thoughts at different times. Sometimes, life is a bit scattered. I want answers now, but that's not how it happens and I had to remind myself to..."Lighten up, Francis!" On a cool trip, some of that craziness still crept in, but still God was there - in the green greens, the coolness of seeing a herd of elk at 6:30 am with no one else around, the sound of the waves, the sheer beauty of the coastline and even in the doubtful, anxious me.
I went to a different church in Wauwatosa this morning, and heard a great sermon. The pastor said, “Maybe we’ve had it wrong - I used to think if I came to believe then I would show my faithfulness. But really, I think it’s the other way around – by striving toward more faithfulness, I will come to believe more and more.” That really hit me, and gives me hope for my trust. God can do things way beyond me and for me that I cannot do, and for that I am faithful and grateful. Here’s to all of us trusting more, letting go more and being at peace, no matter the circumstances, emotions or thoughts.
Enjoy these Oregon photos, in order of my trip!!