Last night Brenda, Rose and I were at the Georgetown Christian Refromed Church in Hudsonville Michigan to speak to their young people about our creative life style. A very nice couple drove out from Hudsonville to pick us up and then when it was over they dropped us off again.
Our family does not have a car and this is normal for us to arrange for rides or borrow vehicles when we need to go farther then it is practical to walk or ride a bike. I was reminded last night of one of the beautiful aspects of living with out a car is getting to know people better. We had a great conversation with our driver and his wife on the way and then picked it up again on the return home. This opportunity to make a new friend was enabled by our decision to not have a car.
Having the opportunity to speak about our way of life forced us to take some time to reconsider what we are doing and how different we have become from the dominant culture all around us. I was reminded of David alone on the hill with his sheep and the close relationship he developed with God in his isolation. He was set apart and became different from his older brothers. When David's father gave him the food to take to his brothers who where in Saul's army David saw their difficult situation with the giant Goliath with different eyes. David talked king Saul into letting him go put the giant in his place which he did.
David was set apart by God and became different. His difference gave him a unique way of seeing the world around him. His unique perspective enabled him to solve a giant problem quickly and economically. Making art for a living, not having a car, unschooling, living on a micro urban farm---these are all things our family has come to do that make us peculiar. I am thinking that perhaps God has lead us into these adventures and shaped our profile for a particular purpose. But beyond that, I think that God's desire is to make everyone into someone unique and peculiar if they are willing to step out into those risky places that make their heart beat faster. We need communities of people that are very diverse and unique fitting together in ways that are mutually beneficial with out prejudice or arrogance.