Sigh. Once again I must resort to living vicariously. The house has been quiet and empty this week—too quiet. The Naranjos have been in Colorado and we are back to just the three of us—Bob, Robbie and me—at least, for a couple weeks. I enjoyed the peace and
quiet—for the first few hours. After that, the best I can say about it is that there are no lines for the bathroom. Whoo-hoo. I can get into the loo whenever I want.
I am happy for them, though. The Lord blessed them—“overwhelmingly and beyond words!” according to Laurie—with a big beautiful house on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park for next to nothing this week. (The house rents for $1500-$1700 a week. They got it for $200 thanks to the owners who happen to be the parents of dear friends of theirs.) They’ve been enjoying lots of room to spread out and have some much-needed family time together without us looking on; a million-dollar view of the Continental Divide from their deck; wildlife and the awe-inspiring beauty of God’s creation all around them; picnics, hiking, and
tourist-y fun. Most of Laurie’s childhood and teen years were spent in Colorado, so she has loved sharing her old “stomping
grounds” with her family.
Cell phone connections were sketchy at times, but we were able to Skype with them with great video and sound. It was fun to
keep up with their activities at the end of each day and to see their excitement over elks bugling and coyotes howling around their house, catching fish, and getting a family photo done at one of those old-time photo shops complete with period costumes and accessories. Gabi is really good about keeping us up to date on Facebook and Fernando posted a lot of pictures there, as well.
I chuckled one day as Gabi shared a cute-kid story. There are a number of deer-crossing signs in the area in which they were
staying. She was laughing at seven-year old Katie one day on Facebook, who was insisting that one particular sign was a
kangaroo-crossing sign! “WHAT?!” Gabi wrote, “Haha—what would a kangaroo be doing in Estes Park?? I giggled at Katie, too, until Fernando came on and wrote that indeed, there was a kangaroo-crossing sign in the area—someone’s idea of a joke, no doubt. Or maybe it wasn’t a joke and someone has kangaroos on a farm nearby and is worried that they’ll get loose. Whatever—the sign is real!
Shame on us for mocking our little Katie! She saw what she saw and knew what she knew, and we, in our so-called wisdom, pooh-poohed her. Sorry, Katie!
This reminds me of those who mock Christians for their belief in God and His word. They can’t see Him, they have no relationship with Him, and in all their worldly wisdom they believe that we are naïve and even ignorant to believe in what science, common sense and their own intellect (in their minds, at least) have “disproved.” They have not seen God, therefore He must not exist.
There are no kangaroos running wild in the Rocky Mountains, therefore there cannot be a kangaroo-crossing sign—and since there is no God, we cannot have His Word.
God says they are fools. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:19-22)
The Naranjos have been surrounded this week with some of God’s most beautiful creation. Who cannot see it and simply praise the Lord for His manifest handiwork? Sorry to say, there are those who do not see the signs all around them and realize that this world was no accident of evolution. Fools. Someday they, too, will bow the knee to their Creator. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father .” (Philippians 2:10, 11) “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:11, 12)
I would far rather be wise in God’s eyes than in the eyes of the world. Let them mock. “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom
of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to
nought things that are.” (I Corinthians 1:19-21, 27-28) I will, therefore, believe.