“Make The Sun Run”

So, the title for this blog comes from a poem called “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell. It’s basically him trying to seduce this reluctant young woman into being with him. He starts by describing how beautiful she is and how he could spend eternity describing her features. But he then reminds her that they do no have eternity and that one day she won’t be beautiful at all. In fact, she’ll be a rotting corpse and her coyness will have gotten her nowhere. He ends the poem by saying,

“Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.”

Those few lines have always stuck with me. The whole idea of time’s inevitable passing and our inability to stop it can be a little intimidating. We can’t stop the sun from rising or setting (God can though!). We can’t stop days and years from passing or relationships and situations from changing. But that’s not his point. The point is, no, we can’t stop the sun, but we can do so much and live so fully now that we don’t lose ourselves to time, but rather fill it and run with it and make it come to life. I really like that. The idea of living so fully that the passing of time isn’t passively experienced, but rather something that’s taken and acted within. Does that make sense? I want to do that with my life, especially the next 8 months. I want to live really, really fully and go and see and learn and do all the things that God puts before me to do.


The Next 8 Months

Here’s the plan:

Wheaton, IL: now – May 15th

Memphis, TN: May 15th – May 27th

Washington, DC: May 27th – May 30th (HIA)

Warsaw, Poland: May 31st – July 1st (HIA)

Amman, Jordan: July 2nd – A few days before Christmas (HNGR)

Memphis sometime after that. Then back up to Wheaton!