Friday, May 14, 2021

Dirt Roads

 Daily Gratitude Year 9-Day 134: Today, I am grateful for dirt roads. 

"Take Me Home Country Roads" is a classic song. The melody and words combined are almost haunting. The tune sticks in your head and the words come back easily each time we sing it. 

Real country roads include the dirt path... the road less traveled... but traveled enough to make a path. The shortcut to a neighbor's home might not warrant a county road being established... but a dirt road fits the bill. 

A dirt road is almost always one lane wide. What do you do if you meet opposing traffic? You move over and share the road going very slowly. Country problem solving often involves sharing. 

The dirt road that is dusty and dry is preferred to one that includes a mud hole where a car or truck can get stuck. The best time to hit a dirt road is when it is not too dry or too wet... but just right. I can easily remember evaluating dirt roads at different times in my life to determine if they were "fit" for travel. Such roads were a part of country living, just like the planting and the harvest. 

Most of the roads in Jesus's time were dirt. Several encounters with Christ took place on dirt roads. This is a particular favorite because they didn't realize who he was until he was making the bread. 

"Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.  And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said." -Luke 24:35-36

A simple setting for an amazing Jesus. Do we quiet our hearts and listen?

Do we find ourselves a little more at peace when making our way down a dirt path? 

Today, I am grateful for dirt roads. 

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