The time came for this little entry on chapter 16, and as I thought about how to craft my take on Blue and Ginny one word came to mind: seasons. Ginny’s life is steadily becoming united with Blue’s. Will she become his official guardian? I don’t know where Steel will take this, but she seems to be leading her heroes in that direction. Will Charlene, that disengaged aunt oppose? I hope not, but fear some feigned concern may fan up into flame especially if Charlene connects the guardianship to the brewing lawsuit.
In addition to the brewing legal actions, other things are raising their heads. Blue’s first day at Laguardia Fine Arts High School is on the horizon. Ginny’s employer has called and laid out the next assignment. As this outreach will be less risky, it will stretch out toward the Christmas time.
In these unfolding pieces, one can see that Ginny’s motivations are slowly diminishing. She is beginning to weigh in her mind the newfound stateside tasks with the things that she has been applying her life and time to for the prior three years. Is she supposed to turn more toward Blue now?
Many of our lives have seasons
We spend certain years at one task and then others in a different one. Themes may infuse the phases of our years, but sameness may be elusive.
When I think of my life, the theme of medicine is clear while other elements have come and gone. It seemed that we would take a post in an eye hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. As the door to that closed, it became apparent that academic ophthalmology was where God would have us put down our roots. For a time I did short-term missionary work, but that season too drew down. Other seasons include that of training, young children, school sports, church styles.
So, I think that the arc of Ginny’s life will bring her back to a season of family. It will look different than what she had known earlier in her life, but it will be very fulfilling. Perhaps it will be more so. What about love? Will she connect with another man? What about the priest become attorney? I don’t know. Life is a mixture of themes and seasons.
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