I'm trying not to over think all of this. It's just been on my radar lately, and I've been seeking to make some sense of it. Some of the highest volume of readers on the blogs today, especially among young Christian women, are visiting sites that encourage old fashioned, home spun, good ole family living. Don't get me wrong. Please. There is much to be said for old fashioned, home spun, and good ole everything. But...
Are we not satisfied with life as we know it in 2012? Are we missing something? Is planet Earth just spinning way too fast for us? If we aren't living as if we were still on the prairie, are we living wrong?
While technology has without a doubt made some things simpler, it has also been the motor driving a world moving at such breakneck speed that we can't keep up anymore. We are out of breath from striving and running.
The more modern has freed us, the more we have become slaves to modern.
How can it be that in a world of inventions that were invented to make things simpler, we live so far from simple? Personally, I don't think the answer is in trying to go back.
The Bible says that God, "from one man made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live." (Acts 17: 26)
We are living in the exact place, the exact time, and surrounded by the exact things that God intended for us. We are on this planet, now, for such a time as this. No use trying to go back. We will be of greatest use when we fulfill our purpose in the here and now.
There is something that is so personal to me that I can't even share it at this time, but it has shown me that this IS the exact generation that I was to be born, to fulfill something that only I could do. My forefathers couldn't do it. It would be too late for my children. God chose me out of a long family line to be the one. He doesn't want me trying to go back. He doesn't want me worried about tomorrow. He wants me to be present in the here and now. With this husband, with these children, with these grandchildren, in this house, on this street, in this city, in this country. Now.
When I determine to go back to basics, I will go back to my Bible and the Word of God.
When I determine to go back to basics, I will heed the words of my Christ in Revelation 2: 4:
"You have forsaken your first love."
While my God may be complex and seemingly hard to understand, He is really quite simple. He is quite the simplifier of all things.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself." (Deut. 6:5/Lev. 19:18)
Today...right where you are.