I am a Westerner. No, I am a Californian. Something about the road and the wide open spaces seem to be in my blood. I love to drive. That is a good thing because my jobs for the past fifteen years have taken me on many highways and byways usually 150 to 300 miles per day.
All this time on the road has lead me to consider a few things.
Most Californians living in the North are so happy to live here. But there are numerous reasons to travel South. In many ways, California is two States in one.
For some the need to ‘get there’ is so powerful that the Fast Route, I-5, is the only intelligent option. There is almost nothing, including the stark scenery, to slow you down as the road is filled with motivated high-speed travelers all agreeing to the same goal, even the truckers.
Highway 101 represents a slower transition from the green and simpler life of Northern California to the denser people-centered South. But it is still a highly traveled route through beautiful communities.
When the destination is not the priority of the trip but the process itself is the emphasis, there can be no other choice than Highway 1. One forgets every other thing than the unchanged views of nature. Time is also forgotten. The joy of seeing the interaction of ocean and mountains delights with almost every turn. Getting there just doesn’t matter.
Our spiritual life can parallel these three journeys.
At times in our lives, we care about nothing than to get to the next place on our list.
As we grow a family, the journey takes on more of a priority and the process and people and those interactions are valuable as we learn our purpose here on Earth.
In our maturity, the details are all about enjoying the day-to-day encounters trusting God for His direction and blessing in every turn. Here we are never disappointed.
While doing my duties as a roof inspector this week, GOD showed me an example of His care of my life.
I was asked to visit this elegant estate with a superbly maintained but small vineyard. Above will-tilled, weed-free earth are strong posts anchoring the rows of weathered vines, green leafy growth and large clusters of almost ripe grapes. Each row is ended with roses. What caught my eye was the addition of netting to keep pests from the fruit.
I felt the prompting from GOD to first observe it, then photograph it and then share it with my small group last night. It was so easy to see this was a spiritual lesson wrapped in a fall picture of abundance.
I asked my group to share their insights. So what do you see in this picture below? Is there a spiritual lesson here? Just asking. Be BLESSED and have a wonderful weekend! The harvest is coming…
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Recently, some things have shifted in my thinking and I want to give credit to two guys that have helped me realize this…even though neither of them have any clue how they have helped me.
In fact, the first Kevin worked for me almost 18 years ago. He was an incredibly intelligent man who drove truck for a living but was inciteful and observant in all that he did. What made him such an inspiration to me was that he would share his thoughts with me, his dispatcher, almost every day…in ways that would aggravate me because no one in our chain of command cared what he thought. But I loved his use of his talents. He was so bright! Only part of his brain kept him driving his 18-wheeler all over the state quite safely while most of his brain was observing the world around him provoking him to come up with innovative ideas. Even though virtually none of his ideas were ever achieved, the world viewed from the cab of his truck was his observation station. Thanks Kevin.
Dare I say, the other Kevin is my current boss. He has helped me more than he will know. Most of all he is accepting, encouraging and provoking in the best of ways. He has given me a place to work for almost 3 1/2 years to date. It is my place to provide resources for my family, a place to express my skills, and a place to reflect. I need that. It is not my dream job. I have spent almost 35 years in the construction, mostly roofing, business in various positions.
Reflecting while driving, a skill I developed from observing Kevin #1, gives me a place to talk to GOD, to myself, while working for Kevin #2. My duties give me a fair amount of window time. GOD seems to fill the windshield with abundant joys to view while my iPhone filled with podcasts of wonderful authors speaks to me about the things of God and of life and yes, even a little automotive and tech talk as well. I love information. I love thinking about applying it to the world I am centered in.
Maybe today I am in the library of the universe gathering the thoughts, ideas and understanding for my tomorrow. I am learning to enjoy it as a respite and not just a waiting room.
Thanks Kevin and Kevin and GOD.
another view of the falls…peaceful and meditative…anyone want to go on a hike with me?
Again, thanks GOD!
As Summer ends, GOD covers the earth with His glory….in gold, green, red intensities only He could provide to our color spectrum and to our hearts. GOD loves beauty and delighting His children.
What a GOD we have!
Be blessed this week as you discover His beauty in your world. Listen to His voice as you see His creative talents.