Here is my beloved youngest son, Joel, loyally attending me even after Alan and Stephen had given out for the day and evening shadows were growing long. It was our last night in the country, & we’d seen everything listed in the guidebooks noteworthy in the area…the famous towns of the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace,the world-famous University at Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral, the Eagle and Child Restaurant, Stratford-upon-Avon, and even a Shakespearean play.What was left, and why go in search of Eynsham…a tiny village so insignificant that it wasn’t discussed in the guidebooks…or even listed in the index?As a matter of fact, Eynsham is in West Oxfordshire and one of the Cotswoldvillages. It has existed since the Bronze Age and has a fascinating history…but because it’s off the “beaten path,” it was totally devoid of tourists and feltas peaceful and serene as a village untouched for hundreds of years! The thatched roofs were more authentic-looking than Anne Hathaway’s house, and the flowers as pristineand fragrant as any growing in the country gardens at Stow-on-the-Wold.The stone cottages were just as honey-colored and the gardens just as tidy.
Why, I wondered, wasn’t Eynsham famous and crowded with tourists too?I really don’t know. Maybe the townsfolk would like to keep their community hidden away. Maybe they don’t want fame! Maybe they’d rather not be bothered with thousands of gawking tourists day in and day out. Maybe they’d like to get lots of attention, but for some reason, they just don’t. It made me think of myyoungest son, who is a truly authentic and magnificent person but has at times felt overlooked. I’m sure we all feel that way from time to time—at school, at work, or when we feel lonely. I was caught by this phrase: “To the glory of God.”If we do all that we do “to the glory of God,” then nothing will go unnoticed or unappreciated. May an audience of One be enough to make us bloom radiantly!
P.S.—As an after thought, I wonder if we sometimes overlook people who are truly wonderful simply because they don’t promote themselves…might be time to start looking around a bit more carefully!
“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).