|Grandpa John and Will standing near General Lee|
Today I am in the southern most United States, Brownsville, Texas visiting my wife’s sister, Gayle Porter and her family, Stephen and their son Nathaniel. The transition from going from 30 some degree weather to that of over 80 degrees in the last several days was phenomenal to say the least. When we started out on our trip only a few flowers had broken the surface in Minnesota and as we traveled further south, the crops began to appear. Here in extreme southern Texas we see that the wheat is ready to harvest. It seems that we went through the seasons of spring, summer and late summer in 3 short days of travel. It was as if we were traveling through time each day that we drove further south. The corn down here is tasseling and the sorghum is almost ready to harvest. Watermelons are being sold near the hiways along with fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Upon arriving we have found the local population to be very friendly and kind to us. The restaurant food though at times is a little hot with seasoning, but is very good.
|Marji and John Gustafson|
Our children today went to a public park and really enjoyed themselves. Grandma Marji noticed that both parents were with their children as they played. It made me think that perhaps we live in a society that is sometimes too busy with all the demands that are placed upon adults and parents today. I see far to often parents talking on the phone while escorting their children in and out of the stores. Many times I observe children racing to catch up with their parents, these same parents that are preoccupied with the stresses of work, living and being a mother or father. It concerns me that this all to subtle message is given to our children that they are less important than the demands placed on that of their parents.
Do we live in a “rat race” today? Are we so consumed with making a living that we have forgotten “how” to live? Marji said that she is reading more and more on how busy adults are leaving their high-end jobs behind them and returning to the country. They are opting for the simple life of hard physical work on the farm to that of a desk. This same desk that seems to follow them home so much of the time. If that is the case, why is this happening? Are these suburban farmers willing to live on less for something that offers them so much more? If that is the case, what then are the benefits to such a move?
|Waking up slowly in the van.|
family as a whole. Along with the individual jobs for each member of the family there also was specific purposes for each animal and crop produced as well. Once I asked my grandmother Anna, “what part of the pig did you not use?” She smiled her gentle smile and said with no uncertainty, “the oink!”
Well, is this the direction God wants all of us to go? I would have a hard time in saying yes, I believe that God has different directions for each member of his body, just like my grandma had different jobs for each of her family to do. We need to seek God’s direction to understand what his will is for each of us. One is the hand, the other is the foot . . . we all make up the body of Christ. This I do know though, God has a plan for each of us, and specifically tailored for you and me and the direction he wants each of us to go. All we need to do is to talk to Jesus and wait upon him, listen to his spirit speak to us along with reading his word for our individual guidance.