The Idyllic Place Isn’t So Ideal

Yard waste ready for pick-up by the city. It was a lot of work, gathering up this much yard waste! II had yet to put out the garbage cans.

Our son and his family live in Florida, our daughter and her family live in Mexico. My wife and I alternate between living a few months in each location. I’m retired and we feel the Lord has called us to come alongside our adult children and assist them in carrying out God’s calls on their lives (this consists primarily of helping out with the grandchildren). We are thankful!

If I had to write out a short bio on myself, like an author’s on the back cover of a book, I could state of myself, “Dave Claassen and his wife divide their time between homes in Florida and Mexico.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful, romantic, idyllic? There are certain locations that seem to have that Shangri-la aura attached to them, and some don’t. For instance Phoenix, Arizona or Sherman Oaks, California have it: Bismark, North Dakota or Eddyville, Iowa, not so much. (Eddyville was our first home as a married couple; we lived above the doughnut shop on main street.)

Of course I enjoy living in Florida and Mexico. We don’t have mosquitoes where we live in Mexico at 7,500 feet altitude, but we do have scorpions. We don’t have long winters in Florida, but we can have months where the temperature rarely gets below 90 degrees (we won’t even mention the humidity). I still have to carry out the garbage and mow the lawn in Florida. I still have to pull weeds and wash the car in Mexico. Daily life is daily life, no matter where you live. The seemingly idyllic place isn’t always so ideal.

No place is perfect, this side of heaven. Sure, some places may seem better to us than others (often a matter of personal preference), but every location has its pluses and its minuses. Sometimes God does call us to a different place in life, either geographically or metaphorically speaking, but in the meantime, in the here and now, we’re to find peace in this our place.

Whatever our current set of circumstances God knew we would be where we are and He has a plan! We’re called to make the most of where we are!

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce…'”  Jeremiah 29:4-5

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