What’s in a name?

As I began thinking of writing a blog, I struggled for a while over what to call it, largely because I lacked any sort of focus or direction for content. But now that this blog is “real,” I’ve settled (for now) on a blog name.

“Prone to wander” and the tagline “…though seldom lost” are drawn in part from my favorite hymn and one of my favorite quotes.

“Prone to wander,
Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, Lord,
Take and seal it.
Seal it for Thy courts above.”

This is part of a verse from the hymn “Come Thou Fount” by Robert Robinson. Written in the 18th century, it’s a song I first started appreciating during college. It’s a beautiful song about our relationship with God that recognizes our often fallible, wandering hearts–in spite of a Father who’s “streams of mercy” are “never ceasing.” It’s a sentiment that resonates with me, and one that will undoubtedly come up throughout this blog.

But it’s not just my heart that’s prone to wandering. It’s my feet, as well. I get restless when I don’t have a plane ticket in my name. I love the idea of travel and exploration and adventure. I love this idea of wandering.

As E. E. Cummings said, “Not all who wander are lost.”

Over the past several years, I’ve had the good fortune of “wandering” for fun and for work. While work travel isn’t always as glamorous as I once thought it would be, it’s given me the opportunity to see beautiful places and share beautiful experiences. I consider that a priceless benefit. I also have friends who live in various corners of the country, and since many of them are married with kids, it’s easier for me as a single guy to go see them. Having a free place to stay in Colorado or California or Dallas doesn’t hurt, either. This spate of travel has only deepened my desire to see as much of this world as I can.

So I finally settled on “Prone to wander” as my blog title, with the emphasis on traveling through life in it’s various forms, whether that’s actual adventures or simply new experiences. And I can assure you that this blessing of God redeeming our wandering hearts will surely be a theme along the way.

What about you? Are you “prone to wander”, either in faith or in flight? What’s the place you’re longing to see but haven’t made it to yet?

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2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. “Prone to Wander” in faith for sure (unfortunately) but it’s the feet wandering, especially in nature, were I find Him again. Can’t wait to take my feet to New Zealand!

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