I’m Back

September 25, 2011



fire extinguisher

Photo by szeretlek_ma (license)

Miss me?

It’s been nearly a year since this blog got realllly quiet. But that was just a reflection of a larger quietness of my life. For the past year, God sat on me. He’s slowly worked on me, while keeping me pinned down.

Eight years ago (almost to the day!), I wrestled God in the hot tub, crying out on behalf of my post-Christian friends. I commemorated that event by getting my ear pierced.

This morning, I had another powerful encounter — much quieter this time, no splashing or swearing. Just listening, to clear instructions. The face of Francis of Assisi in joyful worship. The example of Dave Jacobs. Kay’s recent, sudden spiritual growth. An image of a fire extinguisher. “Your job is to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right heart.” How to grow that heart. How to bless Kay. Recommissioning. Full immersion.

There’s too much to write. I shared with Kay over a lunch date and it took a full hour of rambling before I finished. I don’t know how much of it I’ll share here. Intense spiritual experiences sometimes feel too personal to share …do you know what I mean? But I will share one part:

I’m supposed to blog my spiritual journey, again.



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

8 responses to I’m Back

  1. Looking forward to it, Jon.

  2. Yayy! You’re back!

  3. I am glad that you are back. I am having a similar experience and literally revamped the blog last night. I miss the community out there in the blogosphere. There were some deep discussions, real moments of sharing faith, and genuine sharing of lives. Glad you are back.

  4. So glad you are back.

  5. Thanks, everyone.
    Kevin: Isn’t it curious? For me, the constant flood of Facebook has left me bored, or not wanting to speak up because then I’ll get a ton of updates I don’t care about. There was something intangibly genuine about the early days of the blogosphere.

  6. nstryker (nathan) October 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

    i love “supposed to do”s…well, maybe love isn’t the right word. i think when God me to do something, there’s the initial moment when you’re like, “oh, He’s trying to do this,” and then that’s exciting. then when i realize i actually have no idea what God’s trying to do, that can get worrisome and frustrating. that’s when i start to think about the ninth chapter of romans and that demotivational poster with the ship sinking as a landmark to others. then when He’s moved me on to a new season and i’m bless by seeing what that was all about…then i love them again.
    wait, was this supposed to be encouraging? i’m not sure i was successful at that.
    i’m personally glad you’re supposed to do this again, because i’ve always gotten so much out of each of your posts.

    • Nathan, you’re funny. And so right.
      I’m actually at an unusual point: Having had that encounter, and rediscovering that I have something to share, I opened a floodgate of things I wanted to post. And it’s frustrating, because for all my desire, I haven’t had much time to sit down and write! …And I want to be careful to get something out, because I think the process of writing does more for me than for anyone reading. You know, it’s the whole “you learn when you try to teach” thing.