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?
Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.