August 20, 2006

Long, long ago and far away...


"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is a small portion of what used to be my grandfather's land. He used to own hundreds of acres in Texas. It was given to him by his settler relatives... his grandfather before him... long, long ago. He used to tell us stories of riding in to town ("over yonder") on his granddaddy's wagon to trade sweet potato and other things at the market. He passed away a few years ago and although my mother still lives on a small portion of his farm, the land has now been mostly sold and split up. My mother is more attached to it (what's left of it) than I am, because she is there to see the morning sun rise over those pastures each day. It is a lovely sight, I have to admit. I have fond memories of spending weekends there having fun outdoors with my cousins as a kid. Chasing barn cats, riding cows, finding hide-outs in the ravines, walking with horses, catching frogs and lightning bugs...

...But I am trusting God that I will have more of a home where I am going than I could ever have here. Home towns, family farms, and favorite belongings pale in comparison to God's promises and love. He's worth the wait.

God is bigger than Texas.

Hebrews 11:8-10 (NIV) -

8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

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toni said...

"God is bigger than Texas."

So true... thanks for that reminder. :)

Sara said...

This was a tear-jerker entry Heather! I didn't even have to look further down the post to see where that picture was taken. But how true, HOME will be much more peaceful than what was home for all those years, as hard as that is to believe! :)

Jennifer K said...

Thanks for the reminder! We just moved from 'the great state' to Colorado, but Texas will always be home here on earth. The scenery here is fantastic, but the people we left behind are sorely missed. Thankfully this isn't our ultimate home and someday we will all be together!


Sprittibee said...

Hey Toni! Nice to see you in here. Thanks for visiting! Where was it that you lived again? Did you try the Thai Tea?

Sara - :) Didn't mean to make you cry, sweetie. I think of Mawmaw making pumpkin pie and stuffing every Thanksgiving.... but I'm sure we'll be eating pie in the sky by and by with her one day! That is the same way I look at Pawpaw's land. It is easy for me to let go because the real estate is so much nicer up there... and God is the real title holder anyway... for everything we own here.

Jennifer - Glad you liked it. I hear ya on the "home on earth" thing. I may be in Arkansas, but my heart is back in the 'great state'. You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl.



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