"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Living in a "Pot Hole"


The closest Starbucks is a 45 minute drive, as is the mall...

My sister who lives in a "third world country" had high-speed internet long before we did...

Tractors driving down Main Street are not unusual, though ones transporting wedding party members are...

Barefoot is a common way of life daily...

Going to high class theater productions and concerts take some special planning and more travel time...

Television would be available if we bought the converter box or a new TV, but we haven't...

Many of the roads in our neck of the woods are still dirt...

We can't get cell phone signal in our house, or 'most anywhere else on our property...




So why do we live here?

It's not just because it's such beautiful county...






It's not just because there's room to garden and raise some of our own meat...






Or that there is a great river nearby on which to canoe and in which to play...




Or that the lake is so enticing and refreshing on a hot Sunday afternoon...



The reason we first moved to this area was because of this church. These people with whom we joyfully fellowship and worship and who encourage us in our Christian walk. Who weep with us, who rejoice with us, whom we can help now and then.



And we don't live in town, not because we are anti-social, but because we believe God's voice is most readily heard when there aren't so many other noises clamoring for our attention. Often we hear His reminders to serve those who are in town and so we're thankful to be close enough to town to go in to them. 

There are those who are called to be in the inner city and in the clamor and in the midst of the craziness to do their serving and God enables. I remind my country bumpkin children that if He calls them to live in a city, He will enable them to be joyful there. 

But since we're able to be here in the country, we revel in it. 

And we see God's hand in the glories around us. And we get to know Him better.

"I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator."  Basil the Great (329-379) as quoted in "Almost Amish" by Nancy Sleeth.


"Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead He set before your eyes the things that he had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?" St. Augustine (354-430) as quote in "Almost Amish" by Nancy Sleeth.


Notice God wherever you are today. He's there.







4 comments:

  1. Beautifully written and illustrated. What a beautiful place to live. What a blessing to live in the country.

    Thanks for linking up at Haven of Rest this week. Blessings.

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  2. I just love this. Thank you for such a wonderful post!!!

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  3. You do live in a beautiful pot hole! :0)

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