We were able to spend last week in New England, making the rounds between family in Massachusetts, friends in New Hampshire, and a few fabulous beach days on Cape Cod and Ogunquit, Maine (perhaps the most beautiful place on earth, if you ask me :)).
Even when we visit places up North with which I am not necessarily acquainted or from my childhood, I can’t escape a deep sense of nostalgia driving on old New England roads that feel strangely familiar.
The homes in the Northeast have such a different look than Southern homes;
I appreciate the full, mature landscapes and the worn and weathered wood siding.
And yet as much as my heart finds comfort in those familiar places, pulling in front of our Virginia home at the conclusion of our time away, I know in my spirit I am exactly where God wants me.
For now, for this season, He says that this sweet church and our little country town are our home.
Ten years ago, I never would have imagined that home for me would be near one of the poultry capitals of the East Coast, or that there would be free range chickens just over the fence in our back yard, or that agriculture will one day be a major subject for my kids in high school.
Even more, I really would never have believed that this New England girl would enjoy this countrified life.
But when we follow Him, even when it leads away from the familiar, away from “home”, we find true joy.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. (Mark 4:16-20)
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