“O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are! ….You started the springs and rivers, sent them flowing among the hills. All the wild animals now drink their fill, wild donkeys quench their thirst.” Psalm 110:1,10
I am spending the summer and early fall in Bedford Country, Pennsylvania, with views of the Allegheny Mountain range. From my Iowa farm days, I could never imagine myself one day living on a river with incredible views in every direction. The birds are more colorful than in the desert, the rabbits bigger (haven’t seen a coyote yet), and instead of road runners, ground hogs lumber close to the shore.
My friend, Frank, grew up in this party of the country and has purchased a little cabin here to escape the Arizona summer. The creek (more like a river) has captured his heart, mind, and soul, and mine, too.
However, there is more to Bedford County than the beauty of the land and abundant wildlife. I wish I had paid more attention in American History class high school. During a walking historical tour last week in Bedford, I learned that many events during the French and Indian war took place in Bedford Country which may have kept us from speaking French today instead of English.
No matter where you are, there is an opportunity to grow in knowledge of all that God created. Venture outside of your front door and enjoy the journey.
Lord, once again I thank you for your beautiful creation of land, water, and creatures. Amen.