Q. What do you mean by describing yourself as a “wind chaser?”
A. That’s a great question. “Wind chaser” is my poetic way of saying that I strive to live a Spirit-led life. Scripture talks about those born of the Spirit being like the wind (John 3:8) going wherever it pleases. And waiting on the Lord to say whether to go to the left or the right (Isaiah 30:21). It’s a way of living that is both challenging in its surrender and increasing dependence on God (which is counter to our culture) and easy in that it’s kind of like cheating. When I first began to do this, I was surprised by how I always did what needed to be done that day for my boss or my colleagues. Or I always researched the very question my boss would ask in a meeting later that day without my knowing he would even ask the question. I thought to myself “Life can’t be this easy. There must be some catch.” But there isn’t a catch, and it really is meant by God to be that easy for us when we depend on Him to lead and guide us. As we mature in our faith, the road may take some new and exciting and less predictable turns, but He promised that He will always be with us, even when it doesn’t feel or seem like it. He is with us, always.
I am NOT perfect at being Spirit-led all the time and in every instance, but I try and I learn and I grow. And God gives me grace for all the times I fall back into old self-reliance habits and fall on my face. Here’s a short poem I wrote for those times:
A little rhyme to remind:
Fall down on my face
Show myself grace
Get back on my feet
As often as needed, repeat
Q. On your bio page (a.k.a. Story) you mention that you ran from a hurricane in your RV. What was that like?
A. It was pretty scary. I was living in Florida and in a 31-foot bumper pull with one slide-out. I’d like to give a shout-out to all my trailer fabulous friends. A bumper pull is trickier to drive down the road because it’s more inclined to sway and get sucked into to semi-trucks as they pass by. But during a hurricane, it’s even worse. I knew the ‘cane was coming so I secured the trailer and hitched it up to a three-quarter ton truck. As a hurricane moves into an area, there are strong winds in front of it which often kick up small tornadoes. So even though I was in front of the hurricane, there were tornadoes touching down all around and in front of my driving path. It was really intense until I was able to get out in front of the tornadoes. Once I did that, I was able to relax a little until I could get to an area that I hoped the hurricane would turn away from. Most ‘canes hook north so I chose to go south. Fortunately for me, my guess was good. Me and my trailer survived.
Q. What’s one of the things you miss about Texas?
A. Parking! It’s so easy in Texas to find a parking spot, practically everywhere you go. But in SoCal, oh my goodness. It’s such a chore. It’s the first question I ask when I’m going some place new, “What’s the parking situation?” Often times, the answer is street parking and that runs the gamut from right outside where I’m going or ten blocks down the road. And this is “normal” in SoCal. Your two choices are (1) to accept that parking is going to be a challenge or (2) only go to places that are within walking distance of your home. Parking was crazy and stressful when I first got here, but now it’s my new normal. I have actually become quite the pro at parallel parking in one shot. I’m pretty proud of that because I had no clue how to parallel park when I moved out to SoCal and it would take me 10 minutes to maneuver into a spot. Now, I’m a parallel parking expert!