Saturday, September 21

Little Boy Heart Alive [andrew peterson]

Open the door and run outside
Your little boy heart alive
Into the morning light
Into the deep and wide

Dinosaur bones in the flowerbed
Rockets in the clouds
In a fight with a spider’s web
Tunnels in the ground

Winding to China
To the mist of the distant shore
Better be home by suppertime
Back through the planet core

Feel the beat of a distant thunder
It’s the sound of an ancient song
This is the Kingdom calling
Come now and tread the dawn

Come to the father
Come to the deeper well
Drink of the water
And come to live a tale to tell

Pages are turning now
This is abundant life
The joy in the journey
Is enough to make a grown man cry
With a little boy heart alive

Kings and castles in the neighborhood
Swords on the forest floor
Dragons in the magic wood
Better saddle your battle horse

Fighting Goliath
Better choose your weapons right
Five little stones and a faith on fire
In a little boy heart alive


Met a kid at the railroad track
He had a stick and a nylon sack
I ran to the house to pack
I wanted to follow

Take a ride on the mighty lion
Take a hold of the golden mane
This is the love of Jesus
So good but it is not tame


Ever the road goes on and on
Ever the road goes on and on and on

This song has for some reason become my theme lately. It gets stuck in my head. I hum it during my six plus hour shifts in the dining commons. I love Andrew Peterson's music; I love it even more after seeing him in concert for the third time this summer. His music makes me think, and sometimes I need that. So don't be surprised if blog posts are ever full of lyrics and quotes and music reviews and thoughts. Because his music is what i turn to 90% of the time when I need noise going on.
This song... mhmmm..

First of all, I love the Chronicles of Narnia references.
"This is the kingdom calling / come now and tread the dawn."
"Take a ride on the mighty lion / take a hold of the golden mane / this is the love of Jesus / so good but it is not tame."

My favorite part of this song changes often; sometimes it's daily, sometimes it will last for a few days, or only a few minutes. Today:: "better choose your weapons right / five little stones and a faith on fire".
And the nature of the childish heart
and the selfless desire to belong; to follow
and the huge scope of dreams
the sense of urgency
met with the sense of danger
and awe
and miracles.

So if you're like me, and sometimes read other people's blogs in order to avoid doing more important things or to fill up empty time, here's my advice: listen to some Andrew Peterson. Put it on while you go about your day. Hum it when you're frustrated. Mull it over in your heart. Get it stuck in your head... you'll be a better person for it.

Monday, September 2

SAU day one

As I begin this post, I'm 20 minutes out from my Zeeland home, an hour and a half away from my SAU home.
That's right, folks. It's moving day.
To say that I am anything less than terrified would be a lie. I've got my life packed in boxes, everything I get for the next six plus weeks in the back of the truck. I won't be home until the middle of October, so saying all of my goodbyes was a hard thing. Many of my friends are already moved in to dorms or situated with their new routines. This late move in has been bittersweet. It means that I got to see a lot of my friends off. I could learn from their mistakes and their facebook posts of things they'd forgotten. But I've also had to sit at home for two weeks and watch the rest of my friends get a jump start on their college/life plans.

The distance is perfect: depending on the driver and traffic, I'm between an hour and a half and two hours away. Far enough to have to fend for myself, close enough that I can come home or have visitors if need be.

Thankfully, thru this whole process, I have never doubted that SAU is where I'm supposed to be. The striving for community, the academics...everything about it has always felt like home. Psychology and Social Work double major will be work. But they overlap, so it can be done. And I feel like it really is what I'm supposed to be studying. This semester mainly gen eds, next semester we get psych 200 and philosophy and old testament survey...Things that I could not be more excited to dive in to.

So today, my roommate Olivia and I will move in to Gamma 214. We'll find a place to plug in my coffeemaker and hang curtains on our closet. We'll loft my bed and hang the mirror. We'll start to make Spring Arbor University our home.