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 loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.