Simplicity and the spiritual life

Some years ago, on a backpacking trip with a friend, I learned about the value of water. We were in the wilderness, our supply was running low, and the only water available was inaccessible because the sides of the hills running down to the swiftly flowing river were too steep.

The grandeur of our surroundings made it easy to think of God and of how He cares for His whole creation—from ladybugs to red squirrels. We both were convinced that we were also under His direction, and we were praying to follow whatever guidance we received. Our water held out until lunchtime a day later, and that "just happened" to be the moment when we came across a small, flowing stream.

Radical living and scientific Christianity
December 30, 1996

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