Sunday, June 29, 2008

Friends at the Well


Tonight as I have gotten a chance to visit around the blogs I like to drop by, I am once again touched by how comforting it is to visit my friends in cyberspace. I find it totally amazing...really! The other day we got together with some friends, and Strider and I (who were neighbors for years) started visiting about our blog land buddies. After a minute or so we looked around and realized nobody else knew who these friends of ours were in cyberspace. I think we both felt a little silly for a second, and then moved on in the conversation to more general topics. I do find it amazing though how wonderful it is to have met so many interesting people on the World Wide Web. I love all of my cyber friends, such a diversity of people. I love how so many people that I visit with share about their faith, family, friends, jobs, hobbies, talents and dreams. I love the fact that even though I am living the PNW, I get to hear from people in Great Britain, Texas, Florida, New Hampshire, the Midwest, and various parts of Canada. How wonderful is that?

I love this form of communication. It makes me feel more connected to life around me. I have mentioned this before…but it makes me think of folks meeting around the old town well, back in Jesus day. It was a place they went everyday to get their daily water. If they ran into someone, they had a little chat. They went back to their households and lived their lives, but some how those daily little visits of chance meetings…were something that added to their lives and made the day a little brighter, and gave a sense of connectedness. In this modern age we live in we hardly say a word to the people around us any more. At work we use emails and blackberries instead of phones and meetings, at the stores we use machines and check ourselves out, even the library these days you use a machine instead of a librarian. My kids have taken classes on line; they don’t see a teacher or a fellow student. It seems like we don’t have to speak to a soul all day long. With my debit card and a machine, I can get my coffee and my food. I even rent my DVD’s now through a machine. Rush, rush rush, we all seem in such a hurry heading for a destination, with little time for the people around us. I find myself getting sucked into that mode very easily. What am I missing out on?

You know Jesus stopped at a well, and sent his disciples off to get some food. He was tired and needed a rest. But when his disciples came back they asked him, aren’t you hungry? He said I have food you don’t even know about…He was about His father’s business, just by sitting down and having a visit with a woman he met at a well. So what am I trying to say here? I’m not sure, a bit of rambling really. But I just love it when I visit at some of your wells and get a refreshing drink and to carry me on my way. I know I have a lot of visitors myself who drop by but don’t leave a comment. My hope is that you found some refreshment for your day…just a bit of a visit, a peek into my week, sometimes a rambling thought… or two. And around my place lots of pictures of flowers… sorry Pappy and Strider ;0) and baby Puddin Toes.

I do want to say thank you to all of you who stop by, and especially to those that leave a comment, to let me know you have dropped in. Have a good week and enjoy your visits around blogland. You never know who is in need of a drink today and who you maybe blessed, to refresh...

18 comments:

Charm & Grace said...

What a thoughtful post... I so agree. There are so many blessings here in blogland, sometimes it's overwhelming. It always equals refreshment to me to see photos of the beauty of God's creation whether in floral form ...or Puddin Toes form! Hope your week is blessed and overflowing with Him.

Christi

Make mine pink said...

I'm still a beginning blogger, but I'm starting to get into it. And I have learned SO MUCH from the blogs I have visited. It's a great forum for meeting and "chatting with" people. And what a great analogy - it IS like going to the well and meeting people and taking time for people....we SO NEED to take time for people.

Enjoy your time at Cannon Beach, Cindy! The weather was beautiful on the day we left - a little TOO beautiful - 83 degrees at 9 am!! Hard to believe, huh? But it's wonderful as always. Are you going to the conference center??

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ohhhh, I feel the same way about my blogging buddies and speak of them as if they'll be stopping by momentarily. I have got to stop it if I don't want to be seen as a complete lunatic, though. ;>

Thank you for this sweet post. Some people are so good at articulating their thoughts...you be one of those!

Strider said...

Nice post....it was odd, wasn't it, talking about people we "Know" in cyberspace? I have go to get Ann doing this. I think she'd like it. Have a great trip to the Oregon coast!

The Texican said...

I like flowers and "puddin' toes". I agree with your assesment of the blogging experience. Very well stated. Have a great week. Pappy

nanatrish said...

You are one of my favorites and I think you put the gathering around the well in such a neat perspective. I have only been blogging since the spring and it has helped me so much. To read thoughts and feelings from other like minded folks is comforting to me. Although I am with people at work everyday and have lots of interaction with them..this is different. They are mostly very young people and we have such different interests. Reading these blogs has opened up my world and it is such a blessing to me! There is so much beauty out there and my blogfriends help me see it. You did a great job articulating your feelings on blogland. It's a special place!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

So beautifully written!

The analogy of the well is perfect. I love this line: "But I just love it when I visit at some of your wells and get a refreshing drink and to carry me on my way."

Isn't that the very essence of blogging? Visiting such good blogs is exactly like taking a refreshing drink. I find that too. Your photos of puddin toes are enough to melt anyone's heart, she is such a little cutie!

Also, the photos of your garden, what can I say: keep 'em coming, as they are all jewels.

See you at the well!

Barb said...

I think of my blog friends often. I have met so many kind people in just a short period of time. I wasn't sure what I would find but the ladies I visit are just that, true ladies. I love it! Your blog was a blessing to me today.

hugs,
Barb

Dee Dee said...

What a beautiful post...you have such a generous loving spirit...we are all blessed to have you as a blogging friend....Also...you really make some amazing things happen in your fabulous garden my sweet friend with the "bright green thumb"...and I love when you post photos of it....blessings for the week...Dee Dee

Knitting Mania said...

Found some time to visit your blog today, as we are in the middle of our packing down here in CA....

Just wanted to say, you have expressed exactly how I feel too about all our new blogfriends. If I was there with you and Strider, I would of been speaking the same language.

Blessings...so far everything down here is going smoothly, thanks to Jesus!

Nadine said...

I love you. I think you are great and I love watching you have such fun with blogland.

I know you in person and I'm grateful for your friendship.

Suzanne said...

Well, well, well, where have you been pretty lady? (No pun intended.) Looks like you missed my blog! Don't worry, I know we're both so busy it's hard to keep up. But look...I'm trying! What's your excuse?

I'm waiting by my well and hope you remember how to find it! What a wonderful post. I'm happy you wrote it for all of us.

Your granddaughter is absolutely precious. What a lucky family you are. Hope all is well and we'll chat soon.

Much love,
Suze XO

CIELO said...

Good morning Cindy... I so agree, blogging is a world of wonder and frienship where we all have always something to learn from each other....

Those photographs of your grandbaby are so cute... SHE is such a cuttie!

How is your garden doing?

Well, you have a lovely and blessed long weekend.

Hugs

Cielo

Alice said...

Oh, you expressed it so well! I feel the same way. I am always refreshed when I come to your blog. And those photos of Puddin' Toes always tickle me to no end. No matter what else is going on when I see her and all her big expressions I have to smile and thank the Lord for such blessings.

MARIA said...

Have a beautiful 4th, dear Cindy!

Sara said...

Thank you for sharing your heart about our blogging community...I totally agree. My life is richer because of blogs....I never would have believed it one year ago!

Your blog is always a joy to visit. I am vicariously smelling the roses in your garden and being inspired and refreshed. Thank you.

Judy said...

Great analagy...I like the idea of meeting at the well with friends from all over and coming away refreshed!

Rosezilla said...

I have been enjoying your blog - liked something in each post and couldn't decide which to comment on! This one will work - I have found an amazing wealth of friendly and interesting people on the web! Good to meet you.

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