The two blind men. Crying out to Jesus. The crowd tries to shut them up, they shout over them anyway, and they capture the Master’s attention. The parade stops. Jesus steps to the side of the road, and standing there before him are two men, nothing clearer than the fact that they are blind. “What do you want me to do for you?” Again the question. Again the obvious that must not be obvious after all.
The Samaritan woman whom Jesus meets at the well. She’s there in the heat of the day to draw water and they both know why. She’s not likely to run into anyone that way. She had a reputation. She succeeds in avoiding the women, but runs into God instead. What does he choose to talk to her about-her immorality? No, he speaks to her about her thirst: “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me to a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water”. He doesn’t give a little sermon about purity, he doesn’t even mention it, except to say that he knows what her life has been like. “You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband”. In other words, now that we both know it, let’s talk about your heart’s real thirst, since the life you’ve chosen obviously isn’t working.
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters,
and you who have no money.
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the riches of fare.
From the book Desire by John Eldredge p. 36, 37
I think this looks orange. Sunset on the Mediterranean in Malaga, Spain.
Here I am on the Orange Boat. This boat runs on the Thiel River from La Tene to Biel in the french district of Switzerland. I can’t believe I don’t have more photos with orange in them. This was the best I could do.
The Appalachian Folk Music is significant in the development of Country music. In the southeastern states they developed their Hillbilly sound, while in the western states and Canada the ‘cowboy‘ music was taking it’s own course of development. These two elements came together in the south (Atlanta, Georgia) to form the Country Music genre of today.
There are six generations of Country music. The first generation began in the 1920’s with a mixture of Appalachian Folk Music and blues. Some of the first recordings released were of hillbilly music by Fiddlin’ John Carson and later by the Carter family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Here’s a reward for making our way to the Top of Europe. What a beautiful day we had for that view!
This may come as a surprise to you: Christianity is not an invitation to become a moral person. It is not a program for getting us in line or for reforming society. It has a powerful effect upon our lives, but when transformation comes, it is always the aftereffect of something else, something at the level of our hearts. At its core, Christianity begins with an invitation to desire. Look at the way Jesus relates to people. As he did with the fellow at the Sheep Gate (John 5), he is continually taking them into their hearts, to their deepest desires.
John Eldredge in Desire p. 35
In the Tabernas Desert lies the old west set for many of the ‘spaghetti westerns’, of which Clint Eastwood’s classics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Fist Full of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More are the most famous. The Tabernas is one of the only semi-deserts of Europe.
Arthur Smith’s guitar boogie. What do you think?
Consider the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5). Put yourself, literally, in his shoes. His entire life has been shaped by his brokenness. All his days he has wanted one thing. Forget riches. Forget fame. Life for this man was captured in one simple, unreachable desire. When the other children ran and played, he sat and watched. When his family stood at the temple to pray, he lay on the ground. Every times he needed to have a drink or to go to the bathroom, someone had to pick up and take him there.
At what point did he begin to lose hope? First a year, then two went by. Nothing, at least for him. Maybe someone else got a miracle; that would buy him some time. What about after five years with no results? Ten? How long can we sustain desire against continual disappointment?
– John Eldredge – Desire Study guide p. 19,20