Pastoral Scenes

I’ve always wanted to live in a rural setting, but up to this point I haven’t made it happen.  I grew up in the big city, moved to a small town and now live in an urban setting once again.

I realize that wherever you live there are advantages and disadvantages; I’m better at dealing with urban disadvantages than rural ones…  but there’s something about a rural setting that has a pull on me.

Maybe it’s just the novelty of it when I visit, but it seems like you can be closer to God in the country.  The air is pure, nature is all around and you can hear the birds and crickets instead of trucks, sirens, horns and people shouting. Yet, there is really more to it, I think.  When God created man, He put the man into a garden and the man had the job of tending the garden for God.  In the country, man and God are working together again to craft nature for a life-sustaining purpose; maybe that’s it.

Or, maybe that’s just my imagination getting the best of me!

In any event, I like to visit the countryside, to have my ears ringing because of the absence of noise and to breathe in clear air.  It has the effect of renewal for me, and it gives me a chance to hear that still small voice that tells me I’m in good hands and within loving arms that never grow tired.

Thank you Lord for times spent in pastoral settings…


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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23 Responses to Pastoral Scenes

  1. GP Cox says:

    I moved here 46 years ago when it was rural and it became urban all around me – I feel like I’ll have to move just once more before I die!! It’s great having stores close by – but enough is enough!!

  2. Pete says:

    I love a country setting because you can really see the majesty of God’s glory in the nighttime sky. So quiet, so amazing. So creative is our God!

  3. M R Charles says:

    I live in the country.

    And your thoughts about the country are so on point. Can’t leave this place!

  4. daylerogers says:

    I think we’ll always long for the garden until the Lord restores us to what He’s meant us to be all along–in heaven. Thanks for this, Don.

  5. Greg says:

    I think the natural setting is embedded into us just like you stated. I mean God did tell man:
    And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. —Genesis 1:28 ASV
    He also stated:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. —Isaiah 55:11
    Thus God still wants his plan to be fulfilled and we humans might have a natural gravitation to nature (except some people today who just absolutely hate the outdoors). Great post by the way👍

  6. I agree, Don. I think that’s why I like sitting on my deck so early in the morning (6-7am), before the noise and rush of the city begins. Easier to hear “that still small voice,” easier to hear His love song in the trill of the birds.

  7. vw1212 says:

    so true in all sense…vw

  8. gracelead says:

    I don’t think it’s your imagination. My guess is that you see God more clearly through nature. Naturalist may be one of your sacred pathways. I have a summary of the book Sacred Pathways on my site:

  9. maxshyn says:

    Thank you. You write well.

  10. dwmartens says:

    “The air is pure…” Well, experience tells me that if you worked closely with pigs or sheep you might modify your perception of this idea somewhat! That is, however, a minor inconvenience when considering the fulfillment of working with animals in general.

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