Dirt

We've recently moved back to the little city of Twin Falls, Idaho. Our reason for moving back (as many have asked, Why would you do that!?) is to establish a new church in the city. We love Twin Falls and are thrilled to be here.

God has blessed us with the opportunity in this season of life to live on a farm. We're surrounded by acres of grass, dirt, and cows. The field behind us has begun to see the green buds of soon to be full grown potato plants. The field in front of us is a pasture filled with cattle. Our mornings are frequently filled with coffee cups in our hands and smiles on our faces as we watch the little calves frolic and play in the tall grass.

It's a joy to learn again how to enjoy the simple things. Watching potatoes grow. Watching baby cows sprint after each other through the grass. The sound of a pivot turning in a field. The feel of dirt in my fingers. The scrapes on the knees of my little boys. I love it.

The world wants us to be busy. We're told that there is always something to do, and we never have time. Our calendars are often full and our eyes are often glued to little 3-inch screens that dictate our every thought and move. So often, we're simply distracted.

I believe our God wants us to learn simplicity again. He wants us to know how to rest. To be free from distractions and truly know who he is. I'm reminded of the Psalm of the Good Shepherd. "He makes us to lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside still waters" (Psalm 23:1-2).

If you haven't done so lately, take a moment to slow down. Stop worrying about what's out in front of you and focus on what's before you. Stop to enjoy the sounds and smells that nature provides. Live the moment that God has given you right now to know him. Stop worrying (don't stop planning) about tomorrow. He already has it taken care of.