between here and there

Driving 1600 miles is a great way to put space between here and there … three days I’ll spend in the car with audio books.  I’ll spend two nights in hotels in unfamiliar places which have relatively no destination value, but serve as markers of time and space between what was and what’s to come.

I left “home” this morning.  Dwayne helped me pack up the last of the suitcases, computer, laundry basket, etc. and we kissed goodbye.  After getting my Venti Mocha at Starbucks, I pulled onto I-10 East and said goodbye to Baytown.  These next few days I’ll be driving the route from Baytown to Tuscaloosa to Raphine to Princeton.  The time alone is a good respite; today I drove over rivers and bayous and through piney woods; tomorrow I’ll be heading into the Appalachians … this is all good … time to heal, time to ready myself for what’s coming next.  This is literally a place of liminality … three days … to be a little uncomfortable, a little unfamiliar … and a lot of curiosity about what’s around the next bend, the next hill, the next mountain  …

I’ll be foursquare-ing along the way … so you can follow along … not exactly  the same as biblical wilderness …I wonder how wild it is on interstate highways with a cell phone at my side …  I wonder how alone I really am if I’m Tweeting, Facebooking, emailing, etc. … I wonder how “silent” it is as I enjoy the audiobooks I downloaded before I left (today the first half of “The Help”) … but the intentionality is there … this is a time of space and getting ready … So, God, please keep me safe, heal me, restore me, lead me, send me, use me …