I’ve got it bad. I knew it would happen this time of year… when the roadsides in Texas are all lined with heavenly blue carpet… and the weather is Texas Perfect. I have been staying away from the blog today because we’ve been busy with testing (AM) and I’ve been particularly down about missing family and home (for quite some time now). I think it is so pretty here where we live that it’s almost comical how bad I miss Texas. There’s a lot to be said for pink dogwood trees, Ozark Mountains and a solid week of 68 degree sunshine-and-blue-skies! I have no idea what it is about Texas that is so completely ingrained in your marrow… I wonder sometimes if people all over the world have such fierce love for their homelands. I guess that’s a silly question when the age-old struggle over Jerusalem still simmers today under the Mid-Eastern sun. My heart is broken – loving our friends here, and yet wishing for home and family.
I doubt there are many Texans who understand what I’m talking about (I hear that many of them never leave the state in the first place).
I’ve been practicing thankfulness today… praying thanks to the Lord for each and every blessing here – to keep my mind off of the dusty trail leading home. This has been a good reminder to me that our hearts should be longing for heaven in the same way Texans long for Texas. It was credited to Abraham in the Bible for being willing to leave his homeland and go where God led him:
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.
I guess Heaven has to be really special if it beats Texas. I need to be looking forward to THAT home more than our earthly one!
So tonight (while in my pity-pot), I dug up some Texas Treasures to share with you from our photo records. If you are interested in viewing professional photos of the Lone Star State organized by city, hop on over to TrekEarth. I was impressed with what I saw.
God bless Texas, America and the World! May all our hearts be directed heavenward.
Deer in the Hill Country
Capital of Texas – Austin
And you thought Jackalopes weren’t real!