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It has been a whole month. That is, only four weeks since Barbara and I arrived in this very beautiful little community. It is a little community except it has three stop lights, a McDonald's and other fast foods stops, and it has a lot of traffic especially at about 4-4:30 in the weekday afternoons. I have no idea if the same occurs in the early mornings, yet it seems likely that it does. I can hear the murmurs. I can hear some folks thinking out loud and asking: So what does that have to do with spirituality? In other words why are you, Pastor Don, writing about the traffic when you should be writing about something that will bring us closer to God?

It seems that some have a spirituality that is like the traffic in Belfair. That is, it is heavy and bumper to bumper at times and at other times flows along rather nicely. What happens when a person gets stuck in all that traffic? Tempers rise. Tolerance gets shorter. One's anxiety rises. And, of course, all that wears one out, emotionally and physically. I have heard that some folks go to church in the mountains, or along a stream, or to the sea shore, or... it is there they find peace, tranquility and closeness to God not found on a busy, a very busy highway. I can understand that. However...

It seems to me that when God is needed most is on that busy highway. When the cars get bumper to bumper, one must look deeply into one's soul for the peace that they are seeking. It is in those most difficult of times in one's life, when one should turn to God, ask God to be with them and then know and believe that God is there.

On the other hand, when one's life is flowing ever so gently and life seems to be what life should be, it is during that time when one may sit back and say: Thank you God for this time of ease and peacefulness. Or does one not take the time to thank God? In other words, thank you Lord that there are very few cars on the road and I can travel in safety.

So you see, life is a lot like that very crowded road, twice a day through Belfair. It is how we look at it. It is how we deal with it. It is what can bring us closer to God as much as a walk in the peacefulness that you seek. Both are important aspects of our spirituality and in a continual growing closer to God. Both put us in a relationship with God that we can be thankful for.

~ Pastor Don

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