Have You Thought About Albert Lately?
"As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue"
This is a quote from someone I had heard of my whole life
but never really knew much about.
It was Albert Einstein.
My son, Cotton, had to do a report on him a few years back and as we researched him I was completely blown away! A very interesting life, for certain. You can research him for yourself and I feel sure you may be surprised as well.
In the photo below, are Cotton's feet. The view is our back yard.
We feel so blessed to be living where we are.
We are surrounded by fields and trees.
A perfect place to sit, imagine, reflect.
The quote above left me reminded of Proverbs 17:28 that states,
"Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive."
When we sit still we are able to listen. We are able to hear.
We put ourselves in a place where God our Father can help us be creative.
Here is another quote from Einstein:
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."
I wonder if he realized where his intelligence and imagination came from?
Cotton has learned to drive the Jeep in the field. I am inspired to be a good mommy as I see my boy taking his next steps into manhood. Watching your children can be overwhelming at times. It's like sometimes I can't just look and enjoy the moment.
I have to feel the weight of my role in his life. I want him to have good influences.
I want him to hear good things that will benefit him. I trust that the Lord is reaffirming the things my husband and I are trying to teach him.
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value."
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love"
1 Corinthians 13:13
I hope all three of my children really understand that LOVE is THE greatest thing!
Here are my oldest son and daughter.
My kids enjoy their electronics just as the rest of us do.
But they love to ride in the field. They love to have fires in the pit.
They love to hammock in the trees. They love to take walks with us on the
railroad tracks. We all love to do that.
So it leads me to one more quote by old Albert:
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
He was not referring to the technology that our generation uses on a daily basis,
but I do think he knew where technology at his time was headed.
I think he knew how dependent we would become.
So I cherish our walks on the railroad tracks.
I cherish the moments when our family is not "plugged in".
He also said something that makes me wonder even more about him:
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."
Isn't that interesting?? What will you understand better?
And what exactly does "everything" include?
I am not sure of his true feelings on Christianity because, to be honest,
many people question all the quotes by him and facts in this area.
I was not in his head and heart to know if there was a struggle,
gripping his incredibly, intelligent mind around what the work of the Father is.
I think when Albert looked deep into nature he found comfort.
I think he found order. I think he felt part of something too big
for him to understand and yet he felt peace.
That's what I think.
I know that Genesis 2:9 tells me those things.
It is pleasant to sight. It is pleasurable.
"And out of the ground the Lord God
made every tree grow that
is pleasant to the sight and good for food."
What we cannot understand in this life,
I know is being handled by the
creator of ALL things.