Friday, October 28, 2011

Relevant (a five minute post)

This week I'm spending time at the Relevant Conference with none other than Lisa-Jo, the Gypsy Mama! She named the topic this week relevant, and seeing as I'm here, with her, soaking in all of the beautiful chatter and connecting and blogging, I thought I would link up, too! Won't you come along, and let your words fly free?

Go:

Some days it's the last thing I feel - relevant. I know the music only after it's become famous and the trends whoosh by me faster than cars on a freeway. I feel like the questions I want to ask come from some other non-relevant place - because I long to know if Flannery O'Connor's vision of God matches mine, how to tell a good story, how to weave beautiful words for the people I love. I want to know how to learn and grow and fight for the things that matter, and so often those questions quake and shiver under the looming, "Is it relevant?" question.

But here, in this hotel room as the hairdryer hums and the baby squeals, as I feel the weight of rocking that baby to sleep last night in my left shoulder blade, and wonder about all of the hidden secret things of being a mother, I don't measure a question by its relevance to next year or next week or even the dreaded, "what will you do after college?" Instead I measure my questions by their joy and light and life - by how deeply I long for their answers, how long I will journey out on a limb just for the enjoyment of it.

I want to know the way to Him from a thousand angles, I want to know how to fight with Him and feel His grace, I want to know how to treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart while I listen to the people around me. I long for the beautiful, irrelevant answers that are the only relevant answers: the ones about Him.

Love,
Hilary

7 comments:

  1. How exciting for you to be at the conference with Lisa-Jo. :) Sometimes the things we search for seem so relevant, but the are really nothing more than a vapor. Only that which is eternal is really relevant; it's all about Him.
    Enjoy the conference ~ many blessings!

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  2. I love and say amen...I want to know Him from a thousand angles...
    May you be blessed beyond measure as you fellowship with sister's in christ today...they will be a reflection of the angles of God...:)

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  3. good words, hilary. i hope you have a truly blessed time at the conference! enjoy!

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  4. Oh my, what an amazing few sentences to end this post with: "I want to know the way to Him from a thousand angles, I want to know how to fight with Him and feel His grace, I want to know how to treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart while I listen to the people around me. I long for the beautiful, irrelevant answers that are the only relevant answers: the ones about Him." Yes!

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  5. I love knowing we share that same shoulder ache. I love you sweet Hilary. You were my rock and safe place at Relevant. A thousand thanks for coming!

    ~Lisa-Jo

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