Lately I’ve been thinking about life markers. Not milestones so much, but life markers. Milestones seem to imply happy ‘firsts’, like a child’s first steps, a first kiss, or a first job. It’s a reference mark of completion; signifying distance traveled in a general forward direction. Accomplishing a task that leads to the next logical step. Children walk, then run, then they ask for the keys to the car. Milestones.
However, life markers don’t always seem the result of a happy first; not always moving forward. Sometimes they make me sit still (if just for a little while), maybe even turn away. Perhaps semantics. But, that’s sort of how things roll around in my head.
Visually, I see milestones marked with a gold star, an endearing awkward photo, a framed dollar bill. Whereas a life marker might be denoted by a wrestling of wills, vulnerable prayer and petition, revelation. One might lead to the other – a first job develops character and independence. They sometimes cross each other – the accomplishment of graduation and the beginning of a new reality. Despite the fuzzy edges, they feel so very different.
As this semester was coming to an end, I was fielding a lot of student questions.
- What next?
- What do I do with this passion?
- Where do we go from here?
Common queries as students begin to look ahead. The questions, answers, and discussions brought me back to a languishing photo I had taken for a drawing. The image is one of struggle and determination; an altar. A marker as a reminder that God has revealed Himself – at this time, in this place, for His purpose.
Once classes were finished, I started a bit of research and began a little ear bending (thanks, Monica). The dialogue continues as I consider those times in my life that have brought about a transformed vision; revelation. The tumbling of the idea of life markers is distracting, sometimes painful. The struggle is part of the process. Apropos.
The Cap, Cup, and Mug Sale, Show and Trade
October 7 and 8, 2011
~ more specifics will be available as we get closer to the event.