Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something…
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.
This introduction from Mark Batterson’s book, Wild Goose Chase, aptly describes the adventure called my life. A year ago I started feeling a transition happening. The feeling that I was on the threshold of a new space, a new moment in my life. I had been living in the same city for 3 years, which after 7 years of never living in one place longer than a year, was a huge change. There was no discernible event that was creating this feeling, no new job, no death in my family. The only event that I could point to was my upcoming 30th birthday. Since this number has never held any significant value for me, I still do not feel like it was the impetus for my feeling of transition.
This threshold I could feel myself on was and still is a mystery. I have seen new gifts emerge, and old ones be renewed. Recently, I have remembered an old dream of mine. A dream to create spaces where people can move through and experience a form of peace that is created, by the building, the selection of light, sound, scent, and the integration of natural elements in our urban environments. This dream was tied to being an architect, because I loved beautiful buildings, especially ones that created a definite sense of peace. Once I began to study architecture that specific manifestation of the dream didn’t fit my ideals. I really couldn’t see myself sitting at a computer all day. So, after visiting Hebron in the Westbank of Israel/Palestine, I began to pursue a new passion to understand people, religion, and conflict.
Without diving into a long review of my academic and professional wanderings, I have found myself the Coordinator of Youth ministries at a church where I have been given incredible creative freedom. With this freedom I have discovered my new gifts for design of large spaces through the use of theological themes. I have been able to co-create, with a group of people, several spaces that have engaged our community.
Through this blog I will explore the many manifestations of space that I have discovered. The space we create around us using the buildings and art we live and work in. The space we create for the exploration and emergence of new gifts and blessings through our use of time. And the space we create within ourselves to provide healing and growth for our souls.
I will share the examples of worship curation as myself and a team of people explore, experiment with and engage our community. I will frequently ask guest bloggers to share their understandings and exploration of space.
Join me as we contemplate space and its many manifestations in our lives and our world. Join me as we chase the Wild Goose on this adventure.