This weekend I got to visit some friends and my parents back in my home town. It was quite the adventure getting there, I was escorted by 3 state troopers across a state for the reason I have no idea why. I laughed to myself as I had one in front of me, one on the side and one in back and thought, “well God, you sure did ensure my safety this trip!” Mind you, this all happened by 9am in the morning. Later on that day, I watched UFC 196 intently, rooting for my choosen fighter. The next day I went to my home church and then started my drive home. I drove an unconventional way home that day, through small towns of Michigan some with probably no more than 400 people in them. As I was taking in the scenery I remembered that I had taken this way before.. When I was little and I seen things that brought back images to my mind. A certain stone on the side of a road brought back a childhood memory and then I remembered that a certain store should appear on the left hand side of the road maybe 20 minutes down.. I was oddly correct. I was thinking about the people in those towns and wondered what their normal routines looked like. I passed about 75 antique shops (no lie!) through my travels. I passed boarded up churches that once had life but now are deteriorating; that sight touched my heart in a way that I can’t describe. Fast forward a day and the next day I went to Chicago. Now I drove there as well but the sights I seen there were a 180 degree difference than I seen in my small town travels hours prior. This got me to thinking how much I am not meant for the city life, I am extremely greatful for where I am now but realizing even more than before my heart breaks for “the small towns.” There is nothing I enjoy more than going to the grocery store and seeing people that I know.
So as I shared a glimpse of my weekend, travels, and heart, I return and ask you: what touches your heart and why? What is God making known to you that you may have once rejected or even embraced and is showing you His heart in? I believe God will give us ideas and thoughts out of random nostalgia that we will be able to delight in and prepare us for the unknown.
Travel down the path of truth and light. For the cost of truth will cost you something, but if will be far less than the cost of disillusion and wanting desires.