coast to coast

16 Jul

I have been on the road for about six weeks now and have officially made it from the West Coast to the East Coast of this journey. Just last week I was in Savannah, Georgia – the furthest point away from home that I have been (and will be) on this entire trip. While the route I have taken has been more or less the plan all along, part of me didn’t actually think that I would make it this far (although I didn’t tell anyone this before I left). Not because I thought something would happen to me, but I honestly didn’t think I had it in me to do it. And just over a month ago, I remember very vividly sitting in a Starbucks in Crescent City, California telling my sister that I don’t think I can do this. I don’t think I can see this trip through to completion. I was trying to come up with a different plan. An alternate route. Shortcuts. All things that we are supposed to avoid when following Christ. But Satan had planted seeds of doubt in me and was watering them with a fire hose. Fear had gripped me; self doubt was taking over; and insecurity was running rampant.

But as I sit here writing this, in a quaint little coffee shop in Matthews, North Carolina, I am in awe of how God has brought me this far, revealing himself to me in beautifully subtle or wonderfully apparent ways along the road. There have been countless moments when I’ve wondered to myself (sometimes out loud, sometimes in my head), ‘what the heck am I doing?! I must be crazy.’ But then I find myself at the next destination – seeing something inspiring, meeting someone new or experiencing a revelation. And honestly, to travel by car from one side of the States to the other, is not something that I have in me. It’s only by the grace and will of God that has brought me this far.

As I reflect on the past six weeks and the journey to the other side of the country, it’s actually been pretty inspiring for me to have had the opportunity to see both sides of the coast because I absolutely love the ocean and beach. There is just something about it that that when I see it, I just can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of peace in knowing that God is so powerful and sovereign.

It’s hard to say which coast is my favourite. The waters of the West has better waves, but the East is warmer. The shores of the West are full of dangerous, giant boulders, but the East has lurking, hungry sharks. The beaches of the East are cloaked with beautiful soft, white sand, but the West has a captivating natural ruggedness to it. It’s a toss up, but the beach grass and mysterious soulfulness of the east might tip the scale in its favour. Anyways, here are some of my favourite pictures from various points of the West and East Coast. Enjoy.

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10 Responses to “coast to coast”

  1. grama July 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    ……..it’s when we take one step at a time that fear is conquered. You did it!!! Love your pics….aside from developing into a writer your pics are definitely an asset to your blog….On my walk this am you came to mind and I asked our Father to protect you and give you a special blessing……….love xoxo

    • Jamie Born July 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks Grama… it’s a good thing I have such a good photographer to get inspiration from (you :) )

  2. The Steadfast Love July 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    It sounds like you had such a beautiful journey! It is quite inspirational to see a young woman, devoted in faith, taking time to find herself. Thanks for sharing your story <3

    • Jamie Born July 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

      You’re welcome :) Thanks for reading my story and posting a message.

  3. beccacfowler July 17, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    hey jamie, i’m loving reading your posts. thanks for sharing :) i’m quite proud of you for going on this journey on your own and for being open to God’s leading, whatever it is, and for sharing from your bounty of creativity. :) seriously, great photos and great writing. plus, i’m living vicariously through you as you venture through the south. so sorry things didn’t work out with emily in charleston, i feel terrible. but it sounds like God had some stuff in store in spite of our plans.

    • Jamie Born July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      Hey Becca, so great to hear from you! thanks for the message. I have absolutely loved my time in the south. there is just something about it that is so wonderfully charming and captivating. I will be back. and no worries about Charleston. After a few lonely days, I ended up having a great time and really falling in love with that city. And yes, God had something else in mind despite our plans… funny how that works :) Do you have a blog? I couldn’t find it on your facebook page?

  4. Erin July 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Oh,the ocean! So beautiful. So proud you made it from coast to coast. The verse/song that talks about god taking our sin as far as the east is from the west may hold a different meaning for you! Love you

    • Jamie Born July 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks Erin, love you too :) And yeah, that verse does take on a new level of relevancy to me and I’m so thankful for that!

  5. Ryan M. Camping July 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Awesome James…proud of u

    • Jamie Born August 1, 2010 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks Ryan! I couldn’t have done it without my fixed air conditioning :)

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