Me and my boys camping in Maine.
If God leads you to walk a way that you know, it will not benefit you as much as if He would lead you to take the way that you do not know. This forces you to have hundreds and thousands of conversations with Him, resulting in a journey that is an everlasting memorial between you and Him. -Watchman Nee
To say our summer has gone not quite according to my plan would be a gross understatement. Though the names and details are different, I'm pretty sure your summer has gone the same way as I whole-heartedly believe the Lord longs for us to talk with Him.
Along the unfamiliar path we have been greatly surprised by joy (to borrow C.S. Lewis' autobiographical title) in the form of two wonderfully unplanned additions to our family. Our originals, of course, love having big brothers and I am amazed at the range of blessings, thoughts, feelings and experiences granted through the opening of our home and hearts. The joy will be met by sorrow as they return to their university in Russia in September - buoyed by hopes for their return next summer.
Those that know me, know I'm not a summer blogger - after all, I now have five guys to keep up with in kayaking, canoeing, and camping (not to mention feeding).
As the apples ripen and leaves begin to turn golden, I'd love to know if your journey this summer has also resulted in that everlasting memorial between you and the great I Am.