So I know it may seem as though i have failed at my first attempt of consistency with blogging.... and in actually I have... BUT i do think i have some rather compelling excuses that may cause you to extend a wee bit o' leniency and grace in my direction.
1) I was off galavanting in Shanghai and experiencing the magnificent World's Expo!! (hhmmmm maybe not the most compassion eliciting argument to start with...)
2)So- to the real hinderance: my computer.... died. I am still in shock. I actually felt physically ill. I am quite despondent. a year's worth of photos... email contacts....essential information... GONE. all gone.
I'm having trouble coming to grips with the severe reality of this predicament. i'm currently using my roomie's computer to convey my sentiments to you- (so that you know that I have some sort of explanation for my absence, and hopefully will take pity on my in my dire situation). the ONLY thing that I can take solace in right now is: the brevity and fragility of material things has no lasting effect on the purpose and fulfillment of my life.
I think that God has been trying to teach me a bit of a lesson. maybe I was becoming too comfortable with my easy access to the world on the other side of the Great Wall. too prideful in my pictures. too attached to things other than HIM.
So here I am. Stripped of my comfort. Trying, desperately trying, to remind myself of the many blessings and the bounty in my life. I feel pathetic to be having such an extreme reaction to the simple crashing of a piece of technology. but in honesty, by heart does ache. my head spins everytime I realize something else that is irreplaceable is unrecoverable. I want to let it go and be joyful and praise the trials knowing that God is up to something. ... maybe I'll get there soon. but for now- i'd take a plane ticket home and a magic "undo" button that will bring back all that was lost.
hopefully new posts with pictures and things will come soon...