January Ramblings

* Living under the roofline is still is a little…confining. That’s all I have to say about that.

* The Biblical accounts of wilderness have always captivated me, and that was before I spent 4 years in the wilderness of Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp. I continue to believe I have yet to grasp much of what these stories have to teach me. In case you don’t remember, there’s the account in the book of Exodus of Moses’ escape from Egypt to the land of Midian, where he stayed for 40 years. Then he went back to Egypt to take the Israelites on yet another 40 year trek through the Sinai Peninsula. The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke record Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, a time that shaped his life, ministry, and ultimately caused his death. Some might say that our own personal wilderness experiences are the result of sin. Others think of the wilderness as a place of temptation and/or scarcity. I guess that’s right, but I believe it's way more. It seems to me that the Biblical accounts of the wilderness teach that it’s also a time to learn and grow, maybe even find joy and fulfillment as we listen for God’s still small voice. Obviously we can do that anywhere, but it appears my best learning and greatest joy occurs when I’m broken open and lost and quiet…in the wilderness.

* Davey Crockett died on March 6, 1836 at the Alamo Mission at the hands of the Mexican army of Santa Anna. But before coming to Texas, he was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1827, he was elected to the U.S. Congress where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, especially the Indian Removal Act. Crockett’s opposition to Jackson's policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He was re-elected in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835. His defeat prompted an angry departure from the state and these words, “You can all go to hell. I’m going to Texas.” Now I like Texas just fine, but I’m going to Tennessee, backtracking Crockett’s journey. Me for Crockett…that’s not exactly an even trade. Tennessee should get 3 future draft choices and a player to be named later.

* One appreciated aspect of living in the “free world” is access to the internets. I have recently learned about the coolest free website for anyone interested in genealogy. It’s run by my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and can be found at http://familysearch.org. Using it, I’ve been able to trace 3 of my 4 grandparent’s genealogy so far. One even went back to 1450BC. It appears that I’m a direct descendant of Martin Luther who began the Protestant Reformation in 1517 and Charlemagne who formed the Holy Roman Empire around 800. I guess there’s nothing like buttering both sides of your bread, but it could also explain why I’m so easily confused.