Oh, how I would love to go out to the middle of nowhere – no noise, no television, no temptation to sin. I would grow my own vegetables and flowers. I would live simply – fever items of clothing, comfortable shoes, simple furniture. I would sit at the breakfast table with my cup of warm coffee, looking out at the birds in the yard. I would put in a day of hard work – laundry, cultivating, food preparation, and I would feel tired at the end of the day – but it would be a good tired. I would take long walks in the woods hand in hand with my hubby, or stroll along a secluded path and talk to God. I would see Him in everything around me – the sun, the clouds, the birds, the insects, my family. Everything would be wonderful!
The grass is always greener, right? In my daydream, there would be no insects destroying my “crops.” There would be no drought, no monsoon – nothing to destroy that wonderful sense of peace.
God has put me where I am for a reason. He has called me to a life as wife, mother and teacher in suburbia! I take kids on retreat a few times a year to a wonderful place – a convent in rural Covington. Each time that I go there, I think, “I could have lived this life – a life of simplicity, prayer and contemplation.” But, God did not choose this for me. He has asked me to be a person in this world, but not of this world – Just like He has asked many of you!
It’s not easy. The key, I think, to doing it well, is punctuating our days with frequent, heartfelt prayer so that we become more in tune to Our Loving Father’s presence. It is in living as simply as we possibly can in this complicated world where such value has been placed on material things. It is in trusting God’s faithfulness through the difficult times. It is in being content with what we have, and where we are.
I’m feeling the need to clean closets, drawers and cabinets and purge our home of unnecessary things – give what we don’t need to charity. I’m also trying this Lent to purge myself spiritually of all of the junk and clutter that fills the space that God should occupy. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Contentment. Peace. Ahh!