This past weekend, I traveled to Yogja with some co-workers from school. While we ambitiously planned to both go caving and hiking, we only made it to the caves. What can I say? Life as a teacher is exhausting. None … Continue reading
Three days in Prague was not enough! There were so many things we didn’t make it to that would draw me back to this city. The Jewish museum, the inside of St. Vitrius Cathedral, the tower view of the Old … Continue reading
Our time in Cambodia wasn’t just exploring ancient, mossy temples. In addition, we were able to see a few different versions of Cambodian living. During one such experience, we traveled out to the stilt houses on the edge of Tonle … Continue reading
Our hop down to the South Island was not a dissapointment, especially in terms of scenery. New Zealand just got more and more beautiful as we drove closer to Fiordland! Here are some highlight from our South Island views. (Warning: … Continue reading
We started our three week road trip on the North Island. Here are some of my favourite snaps from the top island! (If you want to see a larger version of the photo, just click and use the side arrows … Continue reading
Milford Sound is the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life, and most likely the most beautiful place I ever will be. (I guess that is a big claim, and maybe someday I will travel to somewhere … Continue reading
A few photos from my days around Chiang Mai, Thailand in October, 2014 .
Many people say that Jakarta is like Bangkok ten years ago, and as I rode the rickety train away from the airport, I couldn’t help but agree. The corrugated metal roofs of the shakey structures that served as homes for … Continue reading
Emily is visiting from Hong Kong/America, which creates the perfect excuse to explore the places in the city that I have not yet ventured. We chose two different places to visit for the day: a photography exhibit in Jakarta Selatan … Continue reading
There are a lot of things that inspire me, but as someone who loves the way words can shape and encourage, I love poetry.
This is a poem written by Sir Francis Drake. A famous explorer and pirate, Drake circumnavigated the world in the mid-1500s and, while he was not exactly an upright citizen, he wrote a phenomenal poem that I have been musing over for a while.
It is easy to be happy with comfort, and there is nothing wrong with that. Unless, of course, we lose sight of His goal for our life. And, so often, I know that I lose sight of that goal.
So, here’s to being disturbed.
To listening and focusing on the things that matter.
“Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.”