It is a true privilege to live in a rural area. Sure, we sacrifice a few conveniences that some folks can’t live so far away from. Such as having to drive an hour to get to a “Big Box” store or Mall. Some of you just gasped, I heard you! Don’t worry, it’s OK, we still survive out here in the sticks somehow!
One of the things I cherish about living in this area are the mornings. Now, I do have to define my meaning of morning for you. My morning starts at 3:30 AM. That’s when I turn off my alarm, shuffle to the bathroom, and allow the short hairy kids to take over my side of the bed.
Why so early? My wife and I have been the owners/operators of a Mom-N-Pop Coffee House Cafe for the past ten years, we open at 5 AM, and in order to get the coffee ready and prepared for the day, I get to the shop about 4:15. When God gave us the vision to start this business my Honey said to me, “That’s a morning gig, right?” She doesn’t appreciate the morning as much as I do.
As some of you may know, when I leave the house at that time, it’s dark. Some people don’t really know what dark is. Remember, its a rural area, we have only a few street lights and those are located at the freeway off ramps and at the two stop lights we have in the valley. (Yes, there are still places like this in California! We are not all big city folk out here on the left coast!)
As I leave my house, I really love the mornings when the moon is not out or too big. I can stand in my driveway and look up at a ca-gillion stars. Yes, there are really that many for those of you who live in the cities, there is not just a hand full. I even see satellites orbiting some mornings.
This is not an actual picture from my driveway, but its a close rendition of what I see…
I look up and see something like this at the start of my day, and I just stop. I stand in awe of my God who created it all. I often find myself quoting Psalm 8.
Psalm 8:3-4 “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
I feel so insignificant at times like that, it’s humbling to know that the Creator of those cosmos really cares about me! It makes the petty stuff I deal with, and stress over, seem so trivial.
Then there are mornings like today after I get to work and get things going when I get online to check my start up devotional, the Our Daily Bread, and am encouraged even further in my walk. Check out the “Space Music” article.
Our shop is up for sale and there is a really good chance I will not have to get up “in the middle of the night” as my wife says. I’ll miss my stary, stary mornings, even though I’ll still get up early most mornings.
But, I’ll get to see more sun rises again, its been a while for those, the shop windows face the west, our porch faces the east…
That’s this shepherd’s stance for today!