It’s 1:30 in the morning the day after Christmas and I’m sitting in the great room in front of the fireplace in a cabin somewhere on the side of a mountain in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Someone is snoring very loudly in one of the lofts and the view across the valley to the next mountain is truly amazing. There’s somewhere around eight inches of snow on the ground and they don’t really plow in Tennessee. We enjoyed all the leftovers from our Christmas Eve party and Christmas dinner today and, if we don’t get off this mountain tomorrow, it looks like apple pie for breakfast, more barbecue for lunch, and ham and turkey for dinner again. I’m the only one with four-wheel drive, which works great going up – it’s the other direction that is a little challenging. We’ve gotten to know our neighbors well as often happens in a crisis. Every few hours we’ll walk out to the road and catch up on the latest news coming up the mountain.
As my brothers and I, as well as our sons, were shoveling cars out today and trying to figure out how we were going to get down from here (as was observed by one of our wives, “There is nothing as dangerous as a bunch of bored rednecks.”), I was thinking about how much fun we had growing up. It has been great spending a few days together. Life happens so quickly I don’t want to miss any of these moments. Talking about the old memories to keep them alive and creating the new is an important part of life.
That’s probably what God had in mind when he told his people in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
That instruction tells us two things. We must remember the instructions of the Lord and we must communicate them in fresh ways looking with anticipation to what God will do here and now. I think sometimes we make our faith too religious rather than weaving it into the fabric of our everyday life the way God intended for us to.