The Casting Dock

The vision: casting bread.

I have been thinking of taking the blogging plunge for a good while now. Today is the day. It’s as good as ever really, I suppose.

Although I am still not entirely sure what direction I want this blog to take, I do have a glimpse of vision at least: casting bread. I have been particularly struck lately by the verse in Ecclesiastes that says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” There is something really peaceful and life-giving in the notion of offering up what you have in the assurance of faith that God will bring it back to you, oftentimes in a fuller, more rewarding way than you could have possibly envisioned.

So in some ways this blog will be about my own journey of faithfulness as I seek to cast my bread daily. And more importantly, I suspect that it will also be about God’s faithfulness to bring it back to me in deeper, more satisfying, and surprising ways.

And let’s not forget that I just enjoy processing life, so I’m sure there will be a good deal of my own random musings about this, that, and the other.

But first, to set the tone, a story of God’s faithfulness and the bigger picture…at least part one of said story:
My husband and I spent the last two years in Williamsburg, VA getting our Masters at The College of William and Mary. It was the first two years of our marriage and the perfect quaint retreat to find our own rhythym of life together.

As a history major in undergrad, my husband (Jerry) soaked up the colonial vibe and after 5 years in Massachusetts, we both loved the temperate climate, lack of traffic, and abundance of greenery (the friendly folk were a perk too!).

Throughout those two years, Jerry felt a pull back towards his roots in history and decided he wanted to pursue a PhD in History. He applied to six of the top programs in the country and began praying for clear direction and open doors.

Now if you know my adorable husband at all (which I assume most of you do not), he is THE PERFECT student. We used to always joke that it was too bad he couldn’t just be a professional student because it played so well to all of his strengths. So, of course, he’s a smart cookie (that’s gotta be some kind of pre-req to being a good student, right??) and I mean, he did get every question right on the National Latin Exam in high school…we have a plaque to prove it. He hates it when I tell people that…sorry, hun (but seriously, we do.). His “amazing student” title is so much more than that though. He has a crazy memory, he takes impeccable notes, he is uber disciplined, he hardly EVER gets stressed or anxious in the least, he is a tremendous writer and a great test taker, and he just knows what is expected across the board and always delivers beyond expectations. He was made to excel in school. And excel he did.

He made an excellent name for himself at William and Mary so his application to W&M’s History program (the least reputable of his six, in our opinion) was our “fall back school.” He definitely had some “reach” schools in his pile so when rejections to Penn and Princeton came back, we weren’t too surprised. But then rejection after rejection started coming in. Jerry, true to his personality, remained very level-headed throughout the process. He continued to pray for clear direction and open doors and he felt increasingly content about W&M as the place for us. I prayed for clear direction, but also for patience. I am NOT a patient person and waiting MONTHS to get back acceptance/rejection letters feels like FOR-EV-ER, FOR-EV-ER.

And then the W&M response came, our “fall back” school: WAITLIST. Otherwise known as: JUST KEEP WAITING. NOT helpful for someone who struggles with patience. Grrrrrr.

God’s faithfulness in part 2 tomorrow.

2 comments

1 Noche { 10.15.10 at 4:43 am }

Hi Pumpkin…I love your blog. I love the picture (which I think I took…fond memories) and the relevance it has to the theme of your blog. I’m looking forward to part 2 tomorrow… fyi..cliff hangers are not my faves! Love your description of my favorite ultimate student/son-in-law.

2 susan owen { 10.15.10 at 11:33 am }

What a joy is was to read another sweet chapter in your journey! I forgot just how great a writer you are, my dear. Keep casting my dear for God is rewarding your faithfulness. Tonight is homecoming and I wish you were here! Love and contentment looks wonderful on you!

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