Greetings, friends. The astute and beady-eyed among you may have noticed that there was no Deep Thoughts About God video this week. This is the first time I’ve missed my deadline for posting new videos, and it occurred because big changes have been happening on Planet Steve this week.
I’m writing this blog post from the seventh floor of a Travelodge (that’s a chain of nice but relatively affordable hotels if you didn’t know). I’m staying here because the oppressive behaviour of my neighbour, which I’ve been putting up with for nearly five years, finally got too much and I decided I had no choice but to escape.
I won’t list everything my neighbour has done to upset me (I have done that in other posts), as I’ve been in meetings and on the phone all day doing exactly that to all the various housing and mental health authorities here in London. It’s been really tiring and I’m drained. These people have been incredibly kind and helpful though, and with any luck I will have some new temporary accommodation before long. I say temporary because I’m not looking to move somewhere permanently — I have plans to do some traveling in the not too distant future.
Just to be out of that flat is a breath of fresh air. I have a nice view over London from this room which is helping me to relax, and I think I will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow will be another busy day trying to persuade the authorities that it’s a serious situation (which I feel it is), and hoping they can find somewhere suitable. If he knows I’ve reported him, there’s always the danger that my neighbour will try to track me down and harm me (yes, I believe he is that nasty!), but I think all you can do in a situation like this is trust God, count your blessings, and wait for things to settle down.
It’s important to try to be compassionate towards people even when they seem evil, because who knows what they’ve been through and what they are struggling with. I honestly wish the guy well, I kind of like him in a strange way. Living with him, however, is not something I would wish upon anyone!
How are you all doing? I’d love for you to share that with me in the comments. I know I’ve closed comments for a lot of my theology posts recently, because I was struggling with the moderation side of things (I explain that in more detail in this post), but with a post like this I’m sure I’ve got nothing to worry about, so yeah — do say hi!
I love the photo that accompanies this post. I downloaded it from Lightstock (a great resource for my Christian readers — check it out if you haven’t already!) and it felt so appropriate because as I mentioned I have been longing to hit the road and do some traveling recently.
I’m going to unwind now, play a bit of chillhop and enjoy this view!
Till next time…