Today is the end of our first segment and for some of our family of riders, a day they are leaving us. Renee and Laurence we will miss you! One of the riders, John who had only committed to this segment of the trip decided to join for the next 8 segments! At the start of our ride I clearly remember John standing on the beach in Atlantic City and expressing that he’s been waiting 35 years to be able to bike across the US and that next year would be his chance, he said that God knows the right time and it’s always best to wait on Him. What a great treat and truly amazing journey the coming weeks will be.
This last week has been a catalyst in my life by challenging myself daily to let God clothe me and to trust Him fully. These last 10 days have had its fair share of ups and downs (cummilitavly over 21,000 ft of climbing elevation) and close to 500 miles of biking in the rain and sunshine. The people we’ve met and the families and stories we’ve been in the midst of have been motivating our souls to rise up and get to work. Every flat tire (which we’ve encountered well over 10 between Greg and I) have been an opportunity of chance meeting with people who want to share their stories with us and learn more about how they can help in their communities with housing needs. The amount of Love surrounding us daily is overwhelming and hopeful.
We are encouraged in living simply by being present in the moment, grateful for the time we’ve been given and looking and being prepared for any opportunity to serve in any way we can. The road reminds us of our journey in life by calling out road obstacles up ahead and cheering each other along the way to the goal. We all have strengths and weaknesses and different paces but we are all homeward bound. Hands to work and hearts to God.
"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. …By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see."