Upon finding myself alone, high in the hill country of the Lake District surrounded by sheep, I listened.
And what did I hear? Silence.
The kind of silence that reminds you how loud and obnoxious your life sounds.
The kind of silence that shakes you with terrible wonder.
The kind of silence you thought you knew and chased for so long, but you suddenly realize you’ve stopped hunting for it.
“Yes, you are always everywhere. But I, hunting in such immeasurable forests”[i] could never capture the fox—the great prize of the hunt. And for a time the hunt ended. The adventure turned into the mundane. No longer a little boy chasing the Florida sun, the man and husband and father in me fell into the coffin of the grown-up world.
What do we chase in this world, now, as adults?
Tim's authored four books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He and his wife, Christine, co-founded The Edges and live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their three pixie-daughters. Sign-up here to follow their work.