Traveling to Nashville is like slicing into a piece of Americana. You are never sure what you are going to find, but the sights are amazing! Walking through the Grand Old Opry mall was an unending experience that went on for what seemed miles. People of all shapes, sizes, and attitudes cruised, patrolled, and strutted their way through the shops that never ended (looped but never…). The crowds in many shops said that American confidence and spending habits are as strong as ever.
Something that stands out to the casual observer is the disparity in visible wealth. The occasional Paris or Milan fashion statement is overshadowed by the gaudy displays of gold, team jackets, and statements of support for America. The conversations indicate kids who know each trend, the nuances of each fashion texture, and what label is hot or not. What is also comes through is that knowing any or all of this is will not bring any degree of happiness or peace. The tension of too much shopping, not enough sleep and the uncertainty of Christmas, all plays itself out on the faces, conversations, and relationships strolling through the mall.
Is there any link between a simple life and the happiness? Does being rich or acting wealthy change anything? The key is simple.
“A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.” (Proverbs 15.16)
Nashville reflects the colors and shapes of America. You can see and observe, but there is something more. I also glimpsed the thirst to know and experience everything that God offers to you and me. The words in almost any country song speak of it, yet their longing never seems to be satisfied. Perhaps the answer to their longing is as simple and complex as life itself; Fear-of-God.
God is both grand and old. He is also fresh and present. She is nurturing is constant. God offers much, yet the key to everything lies in the experience. Drink, drink deep and long – God satisfies best when nothing is held in reserve.