TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
[Distance traveled: 24 miles]
What a difference a day makes!
Yesterday we were hot and sweaty, with all kinds of bug bites from the past week of camping [I counted about 20-25 bug bits on each leg….oh, the scratching!]….and then this morning….it started out warm:
Here, let me zoom out a little bit:
And even as we exited downtown, Earline still had the SouthSport Cool Rag wrapped around her neck that she got from Cousin Vicki.
[Earline LOVES her Cool Rag!]
BUT….you could tell something was up, because maybe 10 minutes after we set out this morning, the wind switched, and it started to feel a little cooler.
And then a little became a LOT! Specifically, after riding in temperatures around 85° yesterday, the temp today gradually fell to the current temp of 56 tonight here in North Hollywood, FL, a difference of almost 30 degrees. Brrrrrrrrr.
And it is still drizzling a little. We did not have HEAVY rain today when we were riding, but it drizzled pretty steady, enough for us to have to cover our side bags.
AND we were riding into the wind….so the miserable factor was pretty high.
It gets dark early now, before even 6pm….so we rode in the dark the last hour of our ride. We did find an inexpensive motel that had HUGE rooms, WiFi, and a laundry, so it is perfect for us….just a mile from Hope Baptist Church where we will be giving a short presentation tomorrow.
And now it sounds like it is raining HARD outside…..OOOOOO, glad we missed this! [Earline says that is what she prayed….God is gracious!]
Condos, condos, and more condos everywhere. And lots of construction going on, especially in Miami Beach and North Beach.
As we were headed out of downtown Miami, we saw these condos:
But look at the sign at the bottom of the condo on the left:
What in the world??!!
But isn’t that the way sin always starts out? First it is a little rebellious, maybe cute, and funny. Then it becomes a little more serious. And then it is outright defiance.
So now I guess it is cool marketing to come right out and say the opposite of what the God commands.
And isn’t that really Satan’s device all along?
It goes wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ay back to the Garden of Eden. What was the temptation Satan used?
He said, “Did God RE-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-A-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-LY say you shouldn’t eat from any tree in the Garden?”
Getting us to question what God said. God’s Word versus man’s word.
And then, as recorded in Genesis 3, Satan told Eve that “You won’t die,” which was an outright lie. But she bought the lie, and we’ve ALL been dying ever since.
All but two, that is. The Bible records 2 people in all of history that did NOT die. Do you know who they were?
A FREE WiFi Pedaler t-shirt to whoever gets the answer right first!
[And to those of you from 2010 who were promised that they MIGHT get a t-shirt….YES! It is actually going to happen! Whoo-whoo!]
Just respond with a comment to this day’s blog entry, and the first right answer gets the t-shirt.
In Psalm 37, it also says that we aren’t supposed to fret about those who are rebellious towards God, or who are outright defiant and wicked:
“Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes….For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly!”
We did see more evidence of the struggle today:
And we had our own struggles, having to go over several bridges, including 3 drawbridges:
The last one was when it was dark and drizzling….couldn’t get a good photo.
The Venetian Causeway is how we got from Miami to Miami Beach:
The ride up A1A was very busy, but slower, because of the construction, business deliveries, residential areas, and even many signs and road markings specifically for bicycles.
We ran across a 2-story Publix, where we got lunch and a few supplies. This Publix had parking on the first floor, and the store was up on the 2nd floor. They also had an innovative way of getting your grocery cart down to the first floor.
Again, condos, condos, condos everywhere. Many Trump Tower condos. And these Oceania Island Towers.
And there was a whole row of houses to our right in Golden Beach, oceanfront homes, that sometimes had the front gate open where we could see in….whoa!
Continue to please pray for Earline’s health….her knee seems a little stronger, but it still gives her a lot of pain by the end of the day. And then today she has been experiencing a lot of stomach problems.
God – you know our needs, even BEFORE we ask them. Thanks for Your provision, and YOUR faithfulness to our well-being. Again from Psalm 37, You promised:
“He [God] DELIGHTS in every detail of their [good men’s] lives.” [v. 23]
And DO pray for our short presentation tomorrow night at Hope Baptist here in North Hollywood. This is Elder Elaine’s church, who is a certified interpreter and works with many Deaf down in this area.
Can’t let you go without showing a picture of Mr. “Don’t talk to strangers!” Dennis.
We had a delightful conversation with him at a bus stop in Sunny Isles. He asked many questions, and seem to quickly grasp what this Mission POSSIBLE Tour is all about. He works right now as a part-time private chauffeur, and recently shaved off his full beard. He was a hoot! Pray for him and his endeavors.