The other day while out biking in the countryside near my house, I passed a large Amish family out in their yard, getting dozens of ears of corn ready to freeze. The ladies were chatting and shucking corn, the kids were playing tag and swinging on the swings in the yard. It just seemed like such a simple, yet memorable time! I then rode bike by the same house last night and the kids were outside playing a limbo type game with an old broom stick…so simple, and yet they were giggling, running around and having a great time. I often see this family sitting on their deck enjoying dinner together.
My life is often far from simple!!! Endless baseball tournaments, driving the kids to practices, working full time, never ending piles of laundry, a constantly messy garage, cross country/track meets and helping with coaching, teaching Jr. High Sunday school, cooking, cleaning, cleaning up dog poop, the list goes on and on! Not a real simple life.
Yet riding bike past this country home has caused me on several occasions to reflect upon this chaotic life I lead. I realize it’s a season of life right now, a busy season. But sometimes I wonder how well do I draw the line between being in the world, but not of the world. I often loose that focus amidst being so busy!
John 17:15-17 (New International Version)15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Yes there are many times I do need God’s protection from the evil one and that constant reminder to NOT be consumed by the world and it’s craziness!!
I am working this week to enjoy the simple things God has given me. Reflect on His power and purpose for me in this time and place…… while in the world but hopefully not so consumed by it
I have included in this post some of my favorite simple things this summer! It is during those simple times I can truly reflect on the plans God has for me and the greater things that are yet to come!
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.