Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wisconsin Travels

What a blessed, jam-packed, encouraging, and challenging week it has been since I last blogged! Have you ever felt exhausted and exuberant at the same time?! [smile]

After the Family Music Festival last week, we had a very full several days in the great state of Wisconsin. To give you a quick synopsis of the flexibility in road life -- within a couple days last week, we had the following: Two community concerts, a prison service, a radio station interview, hours of travel each day, three visits to Walmart, a visit to the laundry mat, an evening of volleyball and fellowship, and several quiet mornings for family devotions, music practice and school.

We are often asked, "Do you LIKE traveling?!" Some see it as a glamorous, dream life, while others can't imagine the challenges of living, eating, sleeping with 13 people in a bus. It is certainly not a boring life! But wherever God calls someone to walk, there are both blessings and challenges. Blessings as we obey His voice, and challenges as we learn and grow and continually recognize our need for HIM!

And each new day gives opportunity to cry out for His grace.

Last Tuesday we experienced that as we had a very challenging and unusual prison service. When we arrived, we were greeted by the chaplain -- who was Buddhist and in full 'eastern' dress. Upon entering the prison, we had the most difficult time getting through security. It seemed roadblock upon roadblock was standing in the way for the service. With only those 18+ years allowed in the prison, we were already stretched with trying to piece together music with our small numbers. And with security delays, we were running short on time. Another opportunity to seek the Lord's mighty hand in our weaknesses!

We gathered for prayer as the men filled the bleachers. Feeling inadequate, but knowing God must have something special in store for the evening. And indeed -- after an hour of music, Dad started sharing from the Bible and they were on the edge of their seats, soaking in each word. As the gospel invitation was given, seventeen men responded, and eagerly listened as Dad briefly shared principles of growing in Christ. It was a rich evening as the Lord once again so obviously overshadowed our weaknesses.

Through our family's many years of living and loving the secluded 'country life' -- to the place God has us today -- it's humbling to see the same life lessons replayed. Seek the Lord. Abide in His Word. Learn to be faithful with the doors He's opened today. And rejoice in Him!

And He is truly able to do 'exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!' [Eph 3:20]

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!"
Psalm 84:11-12


Melissa said...

ooohh.yay! I get to be the first one to comment!
By the looks of things, I'm sure you are having a wonderful time!

Kenna said...

Praise the Lord! Wow! After all of that you'd probably just want to give up but the Lord had something wonderful in store!
Looks like a busy time!
God Bless!

Anonymous said...

He turns all of our shortcomings and weaknesses to His glory if we allow Him too, Rachel. Thank you for taking the time to post...even with overwhelming days on the road! :D

The Flemings

Anonymous said...

Amazing how God works! :D

Anonymous said...

'Tis soooo good to see the hand of the Lord! Especially when your feeling inadequate!

~ An Indiana Aquaintance :)

P.S. I love that verse! It's very encouraging!