Jomblang Cave, Yogjakarta

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

Cambodia || Siem Reap: Rural Exploration

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

Snapshot: New Zealand Road Trip [South Island]

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

New Zealand Road Trip: Milford Sound

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

Jakarta Exploration: Pasar Jalan Surabaya

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

Disturb us, Lord

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.”