“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
In about 4 days I will come to the anniversary of my first post on this blog, the Journey Begins, and if you go and read it you will see how much I have improved in the last year in my writing…but not just my writing but in how I speak, and the manner in which I carry myself (I hope for the better).
Now—if you did read my first blog, thank you for staying with me, but if you didn’t…you missed out on some quite interesting writings…but hey! You’ve got to start somewhere and that somewhere was my purpose for why I wanted to start this blog in the first place. To quote myself—
“This blog’s purpose is for me to share my thoughts and extend an invitation for you to go along with me.”Mitchell Bradford (myself), the Journey Begins
First off—the funny part about that blog post is that it came with a prewritten title and I liked it so much that I left it the way it was (which you can probably gather that part of the title of my blog comes from that too, and I am not ashamed to admit that). I think in writing these blogs and reflections is that I have loved to look back and see the redemption and nostalgia that God has impacted my life with and having these public recollections has positively impacted me even further. But as I continue writing the more that the purpose of this blog has changed and it has seemed that way for more than a couple months now.
Of course, when I say I love to reminisce and unpack my nostalgia you’re probably like “okay, duh, we could have told you that.” I know, I really do love telling stories from when I was younger or stories that really did not seem as big as they were at the time. But, just know, it will be some time before I run out of stories from my youth, so just buckle up for another year of storytelling.
I have also realized in my writings that I am SUCH a nerd. Not in a bad way, but like, come on. The quote at the top of this page is from Lord of the Rings, who quotes things from fantasy novels (even if it does have spiritual connotation) for a personal reflection? Well, obviously me. And I don’t expect those references to die down anytime soon.
But above all of these things I have actively realized that the God that I serve is the same God I served a year ago and will be the same God a year from now. I feel like I forget how deep His love for me truly goes. I’m sure you’ve thought, or heard someone else say, that God in the Old Testament is harsher or more aggressive than God in the New Testament. I mean, I have thought that from time to time, but that just is not true. He is the same God, but sometimes our human perception can be skewed because in the end, we are not perfect. And maybe this weekly reflection has been key in my understanding of that..
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”Hebrews 13:7-9, ESV
You know, in the last eight years theatre has been such a huge part of my life, some may say that it has been my life. And yeah—it was for a time. I have been in this stage of transition for the last two years or so in trying to hear God’s voice in relation to direction and path (which I’m sure that desire will never subside), but I have been able to experience some pretty supernatural faithfulness unlike anything I have experienced before and it has been amazing. I believe a big part of this has been discerning what it is I am listening to and who I am confiding in. What material I am putting in my head and whose voice is holding a lot of weight on my heart.
Spotify, a music app, released music data on their users for their users this past week. If you don’t know what that means, let me tell you. They gave their users a rundown on what they listened to over the past decade as an “end of year” or “end of decade” gift for their customers. Now—I use Spotify and I was pretty stunned and taken aback by my results. I started using this app in 2013 and boy let me tell you, have my music tastes changed… My top music taste in 2013 was heavy metal, punk rock, and such. A time in which I was angry much of the time and released that through music and other channels that was not public. Then over those next three years the same type of music kept circulating as my top artists and songs in that time. Until mid 2017ish when I made a sudden shift in my music tastes. I’m talking like Josh Garrels, Andrew Peterson, The Gray Havens, Elevation Worship, Gateway Worship, and artists who typically write worship music.
And when I saw these changes in my music tastes this last week I think I hit a point of realization that God has truly redeemed my all. And will continue to do so as I take this journey with Him. Yeah, this blog is cheesy most of the time, what do you expect from a theatre major in his last year of school?
But hey—it’s my kind of thing. And so I go on, as the Journey continues.