First Day of Seminary Ruminations

The other day, one of my TA’s said, “Oh! I read your blog! It was really great — learned so much about you!” “Thank you,” I said. “I haven’t been writing much because my outlook is changing so much and my idea about God is shifting.” She said, “Write through it anyway. When it’s all said and done, it’ll be great to see how things changed. Write through it.”

So I am.

I’m back dating some posts (including this one) to keep track of the things I’m learning, feelings I’m feeling, growth I’m experiencing. I drop some knowledge on Facebook most times, but never have an opportunity to expand how I’d like.

I’ll use this space (and the tag #Seminary) to do so.

August 22nd was the first day of Seminary. The picture above is a Facebook status that I posted while sitting in the parking deck before orientation. In case you can’t see it, here’s the text:

Just sitting in my car at Emory thinking, “How did I get here?” The series of events including playing journalist for many publications, teaching high school English for four years (keep in mind I never, ever wanted to teach in the first place), leaving that job (although I didn’t want to) spending the last year trying to figure it all out (surely God wants me to work, right?), never finding a full time job but being sustained through my experiences as a writer and educator (freelance), to being reminded that this call on my life was still there (and messing up my cute shoes running from God wasn’t helping) to giving one single “yes” AND following through with that yes (b/c saying yes means nothing without follow through) to this very moment… Chile. *runs through the parking lot*

Everything that happens to us, good or bad, works to get us to where we are going. Don’t be afraid of the changes. Don’t shy away from what doesn’t look or feel right. Just trust the process.

On the Chase,

Alisha L.

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