"Away" is a place not found on a map, but you'll know you're there when you get there. And then it happens. One day you wake up and you're in this place where everything feels right. Your heart is calm, your soul is light, your thoughts are positive and your vision is clear. Your faith is stronger than ever and you're at peace. At peace with where you've been and with what you've been through and at peace with where you are headed. A place called away.
It has been raining most all day here. Not a heavy rain but just continuous enough it was hard to get outside at all. We even had the heat on for a while just to keep the humidity in check. Of course there was no sun either so no solar charging the batteries. That meant starting the generator for a couple hours. We have forgotten what that sounds like.
So today was a good day just to sit and work. It is nice to have lots of uninterrupted time to get things done.
So because I worked all day, there was nothing for the post tonight, so I am going to subject you to a little rambling of mine.
I was looking at some notes in my phone the other day and found this rambling
that I had written probably while sitting on a bench in a shopping mall
somewhere. I don’t usually write a lot about my beliefs here, but it is my blog
and you are free to agree/disagree or just press the X! Hopefully it just makes you think.
We had the opportunity to attend some car racing at Cocopah speedway outside of
Yuma in our travels some time ago. It is a nice little dirt track with cars
there from all over.There was even a Canadian
racer there.I’m going to guess that
there were 2000 people in the stands and half as many again in the pits. Before
the racing started and before the singing of the national anthem, they paused
for a prayer. The prayer was offered up for the protection of all involved in
the racing whether drivers, pit crew, or emergency personal. This prayer was to
the God that the forefathers of this land believed in and recognized as the God
of this nation. The prayer ended in JESUS name as the bible commands us to do.
There was no mention of any other religious figure head, not because they would
restrict anyone to practice any religion they wish to on their own, but rather
because this is the God that this nation chose to recognize as its God. The
phrase “In God we Trust” was not made up because it sounded good, but rather
because it was a belief of the nation.
I did not witness
one single person attempting to question this prayer, nor did I witness a
single person disrespecting the prayer, although there were probably some there
that do not believe in this God.
So why is it that
the people who attend events such as rodeo’s and car racing are not afraid to
stand up and recognize a national tradition regardless of their personal
belief, but our schools and big dollar sports events will not. Don’t even start
with the redneck comments and if that IS the reason, then I am extremely proud
to say I am one. And as a side note not
one single person felt the need to kneel for the national anthem but they did
stand at attention with their hand over their heart. Oh yes, and they sang it
using the words that have been sung since it’s inception and I will guarantee
you that not one single person thought one racial thought because of those
Now I am speaking a bit out of turn here because I
am Canadian, but for 6 months of the year I subject myself to the laws and
traditions of this great country and do not demand public recognition of my
personal beliefs and traditions. I must admit that I was extremely proud of the
group of people at that race track the that evening, and their fearless
exhibition of patriotism and Godliness. That is what will keep this nation
strong. God bless America from your Canadian friends.
Here is what Charlie and I were looking at out our window all day.