A magnificent home

Published 10:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2022

Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.

While in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month, I set out one morning to find a particular house about which I’d read. I wanted to see the architecture, and I correctly assumed that it would look different than the average house. I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going, and it turns out that neither was my car’s GPS. So I made a few wrong turns, explored a couple of very nice neighborhoods, and found myself sitting at a traffic light wondering which direction to go next. And there it was — not the house, but a small non-descript sign with these words, “Taliesin West.” Had I not read those words several times beforehand, I wouldn’t have realized that this was the turn I needed to make.

“Taliesin West” is the name given to this particular house that you see in my picture. It is a private residence designed, built, and maintained by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright.  I rode the mile-long drive over a canal, up a cactus-lined dusty road, to find this amazing structure sitting high on a hill overlooking parts of nearby Phoenix. I chose not to take the 40-dollar guide-myself tour of the home’s insides, and instead walked around outside where it was allowed, and snapped a few pictures. It was obvious to me that this was a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

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We worship in buildings. We live in buildings. We work in buildings. We shop in buildings. Most of those structures are built to serve a particular purpose. A church usually looks like one. A home usually looks like one. And even though our churches are buildings, it is we the people who are actually the church.

I can’t help but wonder if anyone chose to “drive by” me, would the Great Architect be recognizable in this construction? We have our gruff days, dry and dusty days, sometimes filled with prickly pear cactus and other unpleasant things, and these things we must pass in order to reach the ultimate prize. Sometimes we get lost along the way and do much more exploring than we planned. Sometimes we pass the same areas of life several times trying to find the right place to go.

And, all the while, sitting high above it all, with a great view of our wandering below, sits a magnificent Home, designed by the greatest Creator of all. And it’s obvious that He has designed it for us. I believe the price for that great tour will be well worth it. My GPS and I may stray along the way, but I’d love to have you reach that great Home with me. Come along and let’s explore together.

Just a thought. ’Til later.


Rev. Brad Campbell, mastah.pastah@yahoo.com.