Long Time Ago, On a County Road to Nowhere

Long Time Ago, On a County Road to Nowhere

Long Time Ago, On a County Road to Nowhere

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My family lived for about 7 years in the little town of Belton, SC. I think the population was around 5,000, counting the dogs and chickens. We did have a Dairy Queen, and enjoyed stopping there on special occasions after church.

I think God has a heart for tiny towns. When he came to our world he grew up in one, a place called Nazareth. When Nathaniel first heard about Jesus he replied, “Can anything good come from Nazareth.” (John 1:46) To be called a Nazarene was not a badge of honor. The new birth through faith in Jesus comes to those who are humble, who have nothing to bring but their emptiness and shortcomings. This is good news. He redeems broken places and people and uses them as trophies of his grace.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…

Nazareth, forgotten, despised blight of Galilee.
No Nordstrom, Niemann, Nike, just a Quick Trip.
Lifeless facedown beside a country road to nowhere.
People would say, “Can any good come from there?”

Nazarene, was the libel for residents passing time.
Tired travelers who died without going anywhere.
Small town got in their brains and shrunk their dreams
Hardworking hillbillies they said of the Nazarenes.

From a zit on the face of the globe, amazing things unfold.
Jesse’s dead country stump shoots a root bearing fruit.
God’s Son plays in the dirt with chickens behind the shed
Crucified and buried Nazarene would rise from the dead.

Years pass. We’ve moved from Picayune to penthouse
But inside some live in the little, broken town of past years.
The Savior’s life still grows in the lowly, forgotten place.
Come humble, as a beggar, find transforming grace.

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