THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014
[Distance traveled: 18 miles]
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It was raining when we woke up [ACK!], so we packed for rain, but it DID stop before we got on the road, and we did not have rain all day, so we were grateful.
But the WIND! Ooooooofta!
[Okay, Ric, how am I REALLY supposed to spell it?!]
Riding into the wind all day, so, yes, it was a STRUGGLE.
And then, we turned on the news tonight for our first TV in a couple weeks, and everybody’s talking about government crisis, and school killings, and threats to kill police, and I’m thinking, wow, nothing’s changed…or, actually it is getting worse.
Yes, there is reason to be afraid….EXCEPT:
God has COMMANDED us to NOT be afraid….why? [Hint: FEARLESS Song #1]
As I think about the last words of that song, though, I was thinking….does God “go” with EVERYONE? WHEREVER they go?
And then my thoughts go back to the matter of trust….when my son Torin was very young, and he would jump into my arms from a ways away, he trusted me to catch him. No doubt, no fear, and I always did.
But, if he did not jump, could I catch him?
He HAD to jump….and maybe that’s why God said we should have faith like a child. [Matthew 19:14 in the Amplified version: “But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.”
So God is THERE, He is available, but we still have to jump. WE have to trust.
And today, we had MUCH evidence of what happens when you trust God….as we left the motel this morning, Earline stopped to give a flyer to the young man who did her nails yesterday, who believed that Buddhism and Christianity were compatible. [No, they are not, 2+2 cannot equal both 4 and 5.]
Right next door is the SuperCuts where Earline got her hair trimmed yesterday, and she had a chance to share with the young lady from Michigan and her friend that works at Little Caesars about the power of God to FACE your FEARS.
And the young lady from Michigan was moved to tears, and KNEW that God had sent us to give her that message.
As we continued down the road, we came to the Ft. Lauderdale airport.
And then Earline saw something in the road ahead, that jumped into the woods to our right. What was it?
I did not see it….maybe Earline will share about it on her blog [go to earlineblumhagen.com]
[By the way, Earline is also posting on her Facebook page and GHA’s Facebook page, so maybe you will find the answer THERE! Ha!]
She thinks it might have been two baby cougars playing!
There was MUCH construction going on around the airport, especially on the northeast side between the airport and the Port Everglades.
I was studying GoogleMaps to find a way around, and saw a route, but the way was blocked, so I went to ask permission to go thru the construction area.
Let us through!
Then, we we finally got through the construction, we ran into THIS!
I don’t see THAT on GoogleMaps!
[I guess you can’t always trust GoogleMaps either….ONLY God!]
So we had to go BACK by the construction we just came through, and wind our way through the front of the Port.
Stopped at a Firehouse and got a great turkey sub AND they filled all our containers with ice. Thanks, Firehouse!
Then we continued…..WAIT!
Where’d Earline go?
There she is.
Brand new store, but the prices were not what she expected. [Well it IS in Ft. Lauderdale!]
NOW we continue.
Up a bridge….let’s kick it in!
Oh, the struggle!
And the view from the top was nice.
But now, it is time to go DOWNHILL!
Out of the way!
When we got to the beach, the kite surfers were jumping 30 feet in the air, it was so windy!
Sometimes the condos would protect us from the strong northeast wind, so we were grateful for that.
We had the chance to share our mission with a young man outside of Hess gas station.
And then more of A1A…..
As it was getting dark, Earline’s knee was really hurting again, and we needed a place to stay. But where?
I checked a couple places along the west side of A1A, but they were just too high, or filled up. Lord, we need a place!
So with Earline praying, I checked out another place, and met Nazih and Gabriel. They were both great! AND they gave us an excellent rate. AGAIN we are grateful.
Nazih is 65, and looks in GREAT shape….says he takes vitamins and works out every day [so he appreciated OUR endeavor!].
Gabriel, it turns out, has a sister who is Deaf! His family adopted her when she was 1 and a half years old or so, and the whole family learned sign language. His sister’s name is Jessica, and she is around 31 years old now, and lives in the Tampa area, and is going to a community college down there.
Then we met Donna, who is temporarily living here at Shores Terrace. She’s 28 years old, and originally from New Jersey. She graciously agreed to drive us across the river to 7-11 so Earline could get some coffee! We had much fun talking with her in her clutch-repaired Mustang, and then we had the “adventure” at 7-11….
….Donna had ordered one of 7-11’s scrumptious hot dogs, you know, all smothered with onions and stuff, and the girl behind the counter was great, fixing food, waiting on folks, making pizza, all by herself!
BUT….she thought that Donna was with this other couple standing beside her, so she gave the hot dog to them! I think they may have been from Europe, possibly, and they graciously accepted the hot dog and started eating it!
Donna was wondering where her hot dog was….and as they were trying to figure it out, we have visual evidence of where the dog went!
[Eating Donna’s hot dog it in the background….see it??!!]
The 7-11 hostess finally figured it out, and quickly made another hot dog for Donna, and the couple sheepishly figured out that yes, they had to pay for the extra food they were given.
Much laughter ensued. Ha!
BUt, the real wonder, is that Earline had a chance to share with Donna when we got back to the motel, that with God ALL things are possible, and that she does NOT have to fear, because for those who trust Him, He PROMISES to help them, and strengthen them, WHEREVER they go!
And Donna knew that his was a message just for her.
So know….KNOW that YOUR prayers are being answered.
Continue to pray for Earline’s strength….not only her knee, but her abdomen as well. Not sure if it is her stomach, or what. She had acute pain last night, but was able to find a position in bed that minimized the pain. We did a little research on-line, and found that pancreatitis seemed to best match her symptoms.
But now this morning, she has no pain. So we’re not sure.
We will keep an eye on it, and ask you to pray for wisdom, as well as healing and strength.
We DO KNOW that God is able….and we ask that He continue to bless EACH day.