Out walking on the Prairie north of LaCrosse, Wisconsin today. From a distance it looks kinda boring. But looking up close, many wonders appear! This is the real world, not the fear-filled world the media portrays.
“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
Watching a barge go through the Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River at Lacrosse, Wisconsin, I was amazed at the solitude and patience these guys have.
They work hard, spending weeks on the river, traveling from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. To get through a Lock and Dam, they have to break the barge apart into smaller sections, and push each section through the lock. Then, the workers stand and wait, as the water level is raised or lowered. Watching them just stand there, I wonder what goes through their minds. Do they miss home, and family? As they stand there in silence and solitude, they remind me of monks, living a life of quiet labor, detached from the noisy, hate-filled life of the outside world.