2018 06 25 Dominican Republic and the Osage
Here I sit on the top of a mountain in a beautiful house enjoying the fruits of a life given to me by my creator, my parents and of course growing up in the Osage. I cannot help but be amazed at the creation by God’s hands. The flowers and the trees and of course the climate in the DR are fantastic but how can anyone believe a BIG BANG created this? Just take some common-sense logic, like if it were a big bang, which is taking something that exists and exploding it into a chaos vs. a finely developed order of creation. I don’t know precisely how everything was made and absolutely no one on earth today or in the past knows. They can only guess and look at evidence but remember, that things like carbon dating is a science and absolutely no one knows for sure if it is accurate. In fact, I heard a PHD from one of the major colleges in California say that there is evidence that carbon dating is potentially off by thousands of percent. For those who remember Aunt Gladys (Gladys Snyder-science teacher extraordinaire) she was a firm believer in evolution and she was a joy to talk to and study with. I cannot explain the difference in Biblical teaching and science but no one else can, not even the smartest person out there.
The folks here in the DR are extraordinarily friendly and hospitable. They seem to desire to serve you and they enjoy life even though they do not have the luxuries we have in the states. Their families are much closer and in many respects like the “good old days” in the Osage. The evenings are spent eating together and talking while just sitting in a circle which includes all the family. That means kids as well.
I do remember the Shumate’s, the Snyder’s and the Kelsey’s would be at our house playing cards or just talking for hours. Sometimes the Arrington’s would drive down from Shidler and spend the evening and again just sit around and talk and of course eat together. Even if there was no company visiting we would sit on the porch and watch the coyotes run across the hills or at least listen to them howling back and forth. That was great fun. Life seemed much like the DR and I have to say it takes some getting use to these days. I guess I just need to slow down.
So what does all this mean?
What do you learn in the Osage?
· Stuff is much less important than family and friends
· Time is fleeting, and you don’t get a second chance to use it because it is already gone
· Happiness is where the heart is and that is precisely why stuff does not make you happy
Thanks for listening,