Lately I’ve been thinking about the farm in grew up on where the bright orange sunsets on a summer night or even a winter day are clearly visible because there is no great lake nearby to produce it’s own weather pattern, which usually means cloudy. The screened in porch wraps around the front of the house, well no longer screened in, but beautiful big windows that let the breeze in and keep the bugs out. I spent more hours than I can count on the porch daydreaming, wondering about tomorrow and just sitting. It was the day of no cell phones, no social media to check, and mostly, not much tv, farmers and their families didn’t much extra time for tv.
I’ve been thinking about the farm I grew up on in the middle of nowhere Iowa. The road that goes by the house is still paved with gravel and is often quiet because there are only three other houses inhabiting that stretch of mile. It’s easy to find your way in that neck of the woods because everything is measured in square miles and fields of corn or soybeans as far as the eye can see.
I long for simplicity and and a slowed down pace, savoring moments at breakfast with friends, lunch with my daughter(s) or unhurried afternoons with him who loves me, watching college basketball, or reading in silence together. As Ann Voscamp said recently in one of her blog posts
Am I addicted to speed? Am I blurring the moments into one unholy smear?
And this from a book I read recently,
Is there any silent space in between thoughts?
Maybe because I am looking back on more years than I have in front of me, I want to take in each day as though it is my last. Not necessarily doing something big and bold, but making the most of what I’ve been given today.
- Time to laugh.
- Time to weep with those who weep.
- Time to pray with those who need God to show up in a big way.
- Time to prepare food and eat it with those I love whether the day in and day out of family, or anyone we have invited to our farm table.
- Time to work and time to play, time to worship and to sleep.
- Time to enjoy the outdoors, whether it is bright sunshine or dull dreary rain.
- Time to enjoy today, because today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.
I will rejoice today
- where I live
- what I”m doing
- and who I’m loving.
Today is the day.
Something to read for your weekend…A Cleans House and a Wasted Life.