Saturday, September 15, 2007

My Ways Are Not Your Ways

These past two weeks have been very busy at work. The company I work for has grown substantially over the past ten years. We have grown from occupying part of one building, to not only taking over the whole building, but also spreading out our people over four buildings throughout the town. The group I work with was the smallest, about a dozen people by ourselves.

This past weekend completed phase one of six where our group moved into a brand new three-story building built to house the entire company with room to grow. The building is the best corporate life has to offer: expansive lobby, high-tech security, a cafeteria that looks like a food court, and offices with expansive windows and views.

And I never thought I'd be here to see it. Whenever my boss showed me where my new windowed office would be and the new furniture I'd be getting, part of me kept thinking: it doesn't matter, I'll be on my farm by then, working remotely. But as the Lord said many years ago, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." And perhaps I can add, "And my timing better than your timing."

The last time I posted, I mentioned our visiting a 77 acre farm in the Grove City, PA area. I had great hopes for this place, but we found out that many things were not as expected. I had hoped that I had found a multi-generational family farm that had been taken care of over the years. Instead I found a farm that was strip-mined 25 years ago without much topsoil. In addition, the house had many issues that were not discernible from the pictures. I had hoped that either the land or the house would be workable, but finding a situation where both the house and the land would need considerable work - that was too much for us.

After we came home from looking at the farm, we had a family crisis that the Lord used to convict me that I have been putting off too many things because, "we were going to be moving real soon." I need to spend time living the present with my wife and boys. I cannot continue mortgaging the present for the sake of a future dream. So, by God's grace, I hope to be spending more time with my sons and wife, stop subjecting them to the continuous uncertainty of always looking to move, and perhaps become a better steward of the present acre the Lord has entrusted to my care.


At September 16, 2007 5:45 AM , Blogger Ron and Ginny said...

Amen, brother! For inspiration on pursuing the dream right where you are, try this site:

They are not Christians, as far as I can tell, but they have lots of homesteading stuff to share. They have a regular city lot in Pasadena and they have been doing some wonderful stuff there.

I pray that you keep focused on the important stuff through it all. :-D

At September 16, 2007 12:54 PM , Blogger tc said...

Thanks for the encouragement, and for your prayers! We'll have to checkout Path to Freedom.

At November 13, 2007 7:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up on ranches, and thought I needed a lot of land, only to discover that there is actually a lot that can be done with just a tiny bit of land if you think along the lines of permaculture teachings, utilizing succession planting and stacking, small livestock -- pigeons, show bantams, rabbits are terrific small soil building, food and $ producing animals, etc... My husband and I had just over 2 acres for 8 yrs and while I was/am homeschooling our children, we developed it into housing milk goats, fiber sheep (bermuda pasture and supplemental winter hay allowed us to keep about 12 sheep + goats at a time), chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese in a small orchard, pigeons, grapes, lots of perennials, herbs, and large garden. We've just moved to a 5 acre property and are working on developing it now, or rather continueing what we started and working on plans for developing, LOL


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