Morning Encouragement – Starting From Where We Are

Morning Encouragement

Starting from Where We are

Good morning
For the past week, my wife and I traveled thru out the Phoenix AZ area on vacation from Minnesota. We visited a couple of places of note: the “Orange Patch” which is located just outside of Mesa and “The Olive Mill” which is located in Queen Creek a suburb of Mesa.  The Orange patch is the last remaining orange grove in operation in Mesa which sells fruit and raw honey to the residents and tourists. I talked to one of the employees at the Orange Patch about the urban sprawl and asked how it has affected them. I was told that the area surrounding the patch was at one time lined with Orange tree groves; now, they are not certain they will be in business next year.  When the first homes were built, the draw was “Move into the country and get out of the noisy city”. As time progressed, more of the country was sold and parceled out for new developments until the “country” is now a “noisy city”. As I looked at the layout of the property and the number of developments surrounding it, the thought crossed my mind how the farms appeared to no longer fit in the surroundings; sort of like seeing a parking lot full of brand-new Mercedes Benz and, in the middle is a beat-up old Ford. What is left of the once sprawling farm fields is simply a street named after the former owner or business name; for example, the development that is built on the orange grove has named “Orange Grove Estates”.  Urban sprawl has not claimed every inch of the property as some of the new residents of the land have an orange, a lemon, or some other fruit tree in their backyard as a design.  When I considered these things, the thought crossed my mind how our lives are much like the land. In our youth, our lives are open to whatever life has to offer. Through a process of time, we sell off or give away parts of our life in order to meet ours or our family’s current needs. I think of the number of families whose finances dictate the need to work at the expense of the real treasure, the family unit; everybody at one point in time or another has fallen prey to the demands of life. My encouragement for you today is for you to maintain the areas of your life that uniquely define you that is, your gifts and talents. Never let progress or the demands of life steal away the valuables of your life or your family. Once these are given away, there is no getting them back again any more than one can evict legal homeowners, tear down the developments, and return the land back to a farm.
This is what the Lord says,
He who makes a way through the sea
And a path through the mighty waters, He who brings out the chariot and the horse,
The army and the mighty warrior, (They will lie down together, they will not rise again;
They have been extinguished, they have been put out like a lamp’s wick): “Do not remember the former things,
Or ponder the things of the past. (Isaiah 43:16-18)
We are powerless to stop progress even if we close our eyes to what is going on around us.   Some of the changes in our life are welcomed others, are dreaded. It is true that we are not here on earth for all of eternity; others will come behind us and we will be forgotten no matter how many buildings we build books we write or time in at the office. Only you and your son Jesus are from all eternity. May your good Spirit guide us today. Be with my friends, family, and readers as they prepare for a new year.


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