Saturday, June 9, 2012
After work I went for one of my long walks with my e-book, and stopped at a Whataburger. I ordered just a chicken strip sandwich, no soda, no fries, no nothing else, just the sandwich to go. Well, the computers happened to be down and they couldn't process my card immediately, so I sat down and read my e-book while I waited. A guy who worked there took an interest in me and asked what I was reading. I told him that it was The Dark Tower by Stephen King, and it turns out that he'd read it, too. We embarked on about a ten minute conversation on how great it was, and do you remember this part, and why didn't he do this at that part, and where are you at now? and how many times have you read it? and they're making a movie, isn't that awesome? and it was just really fun and cool, talking with enthusiasm to someone about a particular interest that we both shared. Finally, he just brought my card back to me and said that he wasn't going to charge me for anything. I said, Dude, you're awesome! and invited him to visit me at the store some time, and that I'd hook him up with a free Slurpee or something. And when I got outside and checked my bag, he'd included an extra large fries and two apple pies! How cool was that?
Later on that night, I was still out walking and reading and I decided to cut across some pasture land. It turns out that this land was very muddy and hilly, and I was very quickly squelching through mud and getting my new boots completely filthy. I thought about turning around and just going back, but my shoes were already coated with mud, so I trudged on up this hill I'd been climbing because I wanted to see the view of Denton from up there. Well, no sooner had I reached the top of the hill that I just lost my shit completely and tumbled down the other side to the bottom. When I came to rest, I was completely covered with mud from head to toe, and a quick inventory revealed that I'd lost my two brightest flashlights, which had fallen out of my backpack on the way down. And to top it off, I'd twisted my ankle, so I wasn't feeling much like limping back up that hill to search around in the dark and in the mud for my two flashlights. My phone was covered with mud, but undamaged, and earlier that night I'd bought a little penlight, so I still had some source of illumination, at least. My walking mood was ruined though, so I limped about two miles back to the house, covered in mud, minus two flashlights and plus one twisted ankle, which was beginning to swell. FUN!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Last night as I walked home from work, I was reading the biography of Saint Nektarios, and I came across a passage in which he dreamed that he was in a green field, singing 'O Gladsome Light'. This immediately instilled a strong urge in myself to sing it, and I did, along with other Orthodox hymns such as Psalm 103 and Let My Prayer Arise. And then I was overcome with a fierce need to pray, which I unfortunately rarely feel. After several minutes of praying, I got that so rare and valuable uplifted feeling again, which I have only gotten a handful of times. I'm so weak, I can only hope that God lets me live long enough to learn how to pray ceaselessly. So, as I was walking, overcome with this rare joy, I looked up and saw the moonlight shining through a break in the clouds, and the light was in the shape of a cross. It was trying to be a three bar Orthodox cross, but not quite. The bottom bar was only half, and the top bar was a rounded shape. It was trying though, which said a lot. Trying way harder than I do on a regular basis.