Although my great (x 12) grandparents, John Alden and his bride-upon-landing Priscilla Mullins arrived on the Mayflower, I hesitate to share their sense of adventure.
I did, however, inherit the love of the land and God.
As I walked our wooded trails yesterday, I pondered why I/we don’t like to leave home. It’s been over 12 years since we had someone else do our chores while we left our land.
Perhaps it is because our simple ways provide me with all I need to be content. What is contentment?
For years, I was like a animal-on-the-go…always running. But to where?
Now, I bask in the contentment of His word. His teachings. His LOVE.
On that walk yesterday, I stopped at our Bear’s Den cabin and snagged a small one-person-percolator to brew my coffee while up north during my weekly stays. Yes, I could opt for a Keurig coffee selection every morning, but something tells me I am going to want a little bit of “home” with me, in the form of a camp coffee pot.
The countdown is on. See my Blog "Daylight in the Swamp"...
It is 7 days before I begin my trek north each week, only to return home on the weekend. Even my Mother, the recipient of my travels, was shocked I would leave my lifestyle. It will be a journey. A pilgrimage of sorts.
I will miss our broody hens, showing their chicks all the nuances of our property, causing me to alter my walking route each morning.
I will miss being in the dog yard, handing out their breakfast treats as Russ scoops and waters. I know they will miss me too…my heart aches before I even leave.
Then there’s Zip. She’s my daily shadow. What will she think?
Russ. He will remain busy from dawn to dusk, as usual. However, he will miss me showing up with a fresh-popped pan of popcorn at the end of the afternoon, or warm cookies from the oven mid-morning. And I will miss him also, as we trek each night on our trails, talking over our lives and His promises.
I will miss the land. My feet connecting each day, feeling drawn to every change, which takes on a new look every day. Even last night, as it was chilly, I told Russ that as much as I can’t wait until Spring, I’m really looking forward to Fall. I love it so.
But then, we are just all pilgrims passing through.
This home, however beautiful or however flawed, is not our home. Our home awaits, for those who know the Son of Man.
Do you know Him? I pray you answered “without a doubt”.
If not, please take time to get to know Him. The love you will feel will be like nothing you have ever experienced. The King is Coming. And He’s coming for you…
Until next time, dear friends.