This morning, I'm thinking about the book I've been plowing through over the last week: Surprised by Oxford, by Carolyn Weber. A friend of mine was kind enough to both recommend and lend it to me, and I've been thoroughly enjoying it. It's a memoir of Weber's journey to faith while studying Romantic literature at Oxford.
With my own background studying literature in undergrad, I've been loving her literary allusions and the part the Romantic and metaphysical poets played in her coming to faith. Her story has been taking me back to the days of my freshman year British literature class, feverishly memorizing lines of poetry, soaking up the lectures delivered with the slightest hint of a Newfoundland accent. I've been feeling the pull to dive back into poetry again.
I've also been thinking about the role other people play in our faith journeys. So much of Weber's story revolves around conversations with particular friends or professors and even a few chance acquaintances. It's had me reflecting on the web of relationships God uses as a means to bring us to Him - and to continue our growth. I am sometimes in awe He would choose to work through mere humans in this way.
As I write this, I'm thinking of the people God has brought into my own life. Of the people who have walked with me through the various seasons of "in progress" faith growth in the past. Of the people who are walking with me through this season, those people I will look back on in another ten years and point to as key conversation partners in the journey. For all of them, I am exceedingly grateful.
How has the Lord used people in your life through your journey of faith? Feel free to share in the comments. I'd love to hear about it!