This past Saturday we took my oldest daughter to the "Big City" for the day. We had promised this to her for her 16th birthday, it just took awhile for the weather to cooperate. We're glad we waited, it was a beautiful day. Though I love the peace and quiet of the country, there is something that always intrigues me about going into the City. I think it is because it is so diverse, both in people and in architecture. There is so much to look at and see. The new things (some of which you can't even begin to figure out),
and the old,
I also love the fact that the city is right on Lake Michigan, as I love being near water.
As I said, the weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed walking and looking at all the people.
After awhile, however, I began to think about the people who spend a lot of their time immersed in the city life. How hard is it to find quiet? What kind of effort do they have to put forth to spend down time in conversation with God? How many of them choose to live there so that, whether consciously or unconsciously, they avoid God? Well, on our walk back, we found an oasis: a Pauline Media bookstore. Right smack in the middle of all the noise, the Lord led us to a quiet spot. In the back of the store there was even a small chapel with a tabernacle.
Just what we needed to refresh our spirits and to thank God for the wonderful weather and all the neat things we had seen and done.