Selah, a fellow blogger, regularly posts gorgeous pictures of nature. Today I literally wept as I looked at her images of the great outdoors. A shot of their campground brought back a flood of delicious memories of childhood in which my daddy brought the family camping every summer at various locations across Texas. Cousins or friends usually joined us, and the adventures were always awesome.
The desire of my heart is to live in the country and experience nature, but where has the good Lord placed me? Directly in the heart of the fourth largest city in all of America! This is literally the opposite of where my heart longs to be.
But don’t get the idea that this is a whining session. I’m merely stating this fact in order to say that when we moved into our spacious new home, it was with me having decided that I would embrace city life. I am purposely making it my own.
Before, I think I may have gone around town sort of gritting my teeth and/or holding my breath. Now, I’ve opened my arms and heart wide to say, “This is where God has placed me, and I rejoice!”
What a difference this decision has made. My entire being is more relaxed, and the possibility of being an effective witness for Christ is no doubt ramped up.
My family is right here, and I’m sure that’s a great reason for God to have me in Houston. So for now I will do what my daddy did. I’ll bring the kids on major outdoor excursions every year, though I doubt we’ll camp the old-fashioned way (I don’t feel safe enough as a single woman in charge…armed with joy as my only weapon.)
New King James Version (NKJV)
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.