I’m gonna take a holiday,
Be somewhere far away,
I won’t be back for a while,
For a long long time.
— Hanoi Rocks, “Oriental Beat”
Topaz has been doing better. Back in July, his supervisor (who is also his friend), challenged him to remember this single word: believe. Topaz made a poster with that single word for his office wall at work.
In autumn of this year, Topaz volunteered and was selected at his job for a very long business trip to the Middle East. He can’t be any more specific than this. This has shown that Topaz has been growing and overcoming his mental health issues (with the help of medication of course).
Topaz isn’t healed, nor has he “arrived.” He is simply trying harder and doing better than he has in years. He praises God for this. Through His help, Topaz has become more self-reliant and confident in his abilities.
Will this very long assignment halfway around the world change him more? Perhaps. We will just have to check in later and find out.
Today happens to be the third Sunday in Advent. Topaz was especially struck by this reading. It is Philippians 4:4-7:
Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Topaz has a long, exciting journey ahead of him. He will keep you updated (he doesn’t post very often though).