Posts Tagged ‘backroads’

Take That Road

Monday, August 6th, 2018

I have decided that I might as well start a whole blogging segment on I CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! The craziest things keep happening to us and I know as soon as I sit down and write it all down, people are probably thinking, NO WAY!

God is so creative and fun. My friend count is more than quadrupled!!!

Saturday night after dinner we decided to take a drive out by the airport and look around. On the way back home, we were sitting at the main highway near our house and we could see a pasture full of gorgeous horses running like crazy. My hubby sped across the road so I could snap some pics and take a little video of their “horse” play. They were amazing!

As we drove along beside them, he noticed a car was behind us and started trying to figure out how to let them by. The road was skinny but it was paved so we just kept driving. After a few minutes, it started to look much less like a road and a lot more like a –> d r i v e w a y.

I said, “Keep going! We’re fine!”.

The car, still behind us.

Then, we hit the point of no return….a house! Oh no!

We sheepishly turned around and faced the music (or car behind us). We rolled down the window and threw ourselves on the mercy seat. The older couple in their Mercedes SUV owned all the property we just drove through. They laughed and told us not to worry that this happens a lot. We talked for a long time just getting to know one another and before we left, I asked about church. Do they go? Where? And if they have any suggestions.

They perked up and proudly invited us to their church Belgrade Alliance Church! We couldn’t help but laugh!

We are currently members of Indiana’s BEST church ever, Eagle Church which is a Christian & Missionary Alliance too!

I’m telling you, I cannot make this stuff up!

In all my years of ministry life and stepping in the doors of new churches in new towns…. NEVER have I felt so welcomed to visit a church. People were incredibly excited to meet us and the Foster’s were so gracious and kind to show us around and introduce us to so many great folks!

It was as if we were family, already!

We sometimes get the idea that we are sort of floundering around through this life. The truth is, everything is orchestrated by God. He does not coincidentally allow stuff to happen to us. It is on purpose! The people we meet, the places we go and the things we do all have a grander purpose.

Pay attention. He is working. He is creative. He is BLESSING you & me with intention. Open your eyes and your heart! You may find yourself in someone’s driveway at dark and discover your new church family while you’re there!

Thank you so much for evening drives that give more than beautiful scenery.

Bent Out of Shape

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

I got a little panty in a waddy yesterday. Maybe you do the same thing too, some days. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get me edgy & ridiculous! I swear, God uses my own weak selfishness to lasso my janked up heart back to his.

My flesh.




My hubby, very kindly took Ms Lizzy & me out on an exploration of new territory after dinner. The views were rather spectacular, of course and even though it was Forestry road….things started getting a little s c a r y after taking a wrong road.

You may be gifted with the attribute of mercy when someone takes you down an UNDRIVEABLE road in the middle of darkness all while skirting alongside very high mountains. ME? I AM A HARDCORE SINNER WHO WILL CUT YOU FOR NEARLY KILLING US! I will think hate thoughts, I will imagine pushing you out of the driver’s seat and taking over….and I will resort to NOT SPEAKING to you for the rest of the dark long ride home at 11 something at night!

Okay, maybe I’m over-reacting!

We were all alone out in the middle of nowhere. As in, if we crashed or got stuck (we drive a Land Rover, to which I say…THANK YOU JESUS!) no one may find us for a very very long time. Which is ironic since we drove up on a dead cow under a tree while we were out there exploring!

The road in was fine and dandy. It had a few sketchy spots that jolted and shook us up. But, nothing compared to our journey out of the over 8000 foot area. N o t h i n g!

That blurry pic above of the cows? Yea, I’m not a terrible photographer….that is the result of snapping a photo while flying up in the carseat because of the ruts!

So, here we are crawling along trying to get down out of the mountain in the dark and the road is literally falling apart in front of our very old eyes. Every time we get through a rough spot, we happen upon a worse one. And put that on repeat. I looked at the clock and it was 9:00pm, in my head I thought that was no big deal we’d be back home safe by 9:30! Uhm, nope!

It was after 11pm!

My attitude was sour to the point of no return by then.

Moral of the story?

Don’t be like me. Be brave, take on new adventure. Let your hubby get a little lost here & there. Nobody’s gonna die.

Ok, they might. But look at all the things you’ll see right before heaven. Worth it.

I can be so ungrateful! Forgive me, I know it’s wrong to live in fear. Thank you for all the beauty YOU allowed me to see last night. And for protecting us.