One of the best things about living in our suburb, is that just around a corner or two, there is a hill that overlooks a limestone quarry. The quarry is pretty active. In fact they blast most days at 10am and 2pm. We can feel it pretty significantly some days. There is always a flurry of activity when one drives down the street that divides the quarry. People tend to pay pretty close attention to the action, as to not hit the flag man or run into one of the gargantuan dump trucks crossing the street. What very few people do notice is that up on the hill, right next to the quarry, there is a really insignificant looking building. Almost a bunker, I would say. The sign says "World Bible School". I don't think I have ever seen anyone actually there, so I'm not sure if it is still in operation. I try to see beauty in everything, but this building and the parking lot and the dead grass and the 2 sad flag poles, leave something to be desired. You must really want to study the Bible if you go to this school... because let's face it, you are next to a loud quarry, you have zero fun things around you and you are surrounded by uninspiring architecture. It looks like it's pretty sad on the inside too... but who knows, maybe there is a grand sanctuary in the middle... and this is all a shell. Symbolism of "what's inside that matters.." Probably wishful thinking on my part. Too many Super Soul Sundays with Oprah. Maybe its not pretty because the WBS professors do not want the students to be distracted...because, well, World Bible School. But I must say that the WBS folks and founders settled on a Mighty Hill. And that hill has the best view of the sun setting over the Hill Country. (at least the closest and prettiest view that only takes us a minute to get to)
7/6/2020 11:39:49 pm
7/7/2020 04:05:41 am
I’ve seen that building with the same reaction. So glad it has a grander story! Beautiful!
7/7/2020 07:58:02 am
Thanks for your reflections Tina. They touch my heart, and also my funny bone, wherever that is.
7/7/2020 09:12:32 am
I love your writing, Tina, and sunsets. This brought big ole tears to my eyes because we buried my daddy not too long ago. He loved bagpipes too, so we had a bagpiper at his grave side service. Amazing Grace, a reminder for all of us.
7/7/2020 09:59:23 am
Beautiful message. You have a gift!
7/7/2020 12:45:53 pm
So enjoyed this Tina. You are gifted
7/8/2020 07:01:44 pm
Thanks for sharing
7/10/2020 08:45:45 am
I loved your comments about the majesty of God from our little hill. WBS is primarily made up of volunteers who work to provide free Bible Correspondence Courses and Bibles for students who cannot afford them on their own. Last year we enrolled 1.3 million students around the world. Most of our students are in the developing world. You are always welcome to view the sunrise and sunset on our little hill beside our literature warehouse. If you happen to catch me there, I'll be happy to provide you with a complementary copy of our courses or our study Bible. God bless!
7/10/2020 01:41:09 pm
Thank you, Brian!
7/10/2020 03:03:03 pm
No offense taken! You have a gift for writing.
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