Questions Anyone? |
Aunt Ka Ka asked, ďDo you feel safe in the van?Ē I assured her that I did. She said, ďIím not the only person worrying about you so you should put a story out on the internet so people will stop worrying.Ē
I always try to listen to my wise Aunt Ka Ka. As I thought about it, Iíve received many questions about this trip. Iím going to take a moment and try to answer them. Please feel free to e-mail other questions.
Do I feel safe in Hapless?
Bob had an alarm installed in Hapless, I have a dog who barks at strangers, and I only camp in crowded family areas. I pray before I stop anywhere and after prayer, I trust my instincts. Besides, I have a bracelet on my arm that says, ďI am always with you.Ē Yes, I feel safe.
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. NASU
Did you carry a gun?
What is the obsession with guns? Many have asked this question, including 2 of my uncles, one of which, ironically as a child, was accidentally shot by his father. If I took a gun, every time I heard a noise, Iíd be trying to decide if I should get the gun out. Iíd probably end up shooting Belle or myself. No Ė on this trip, I even forgot my bubble gun (it shoots bubbles.) Maybe Iíll buy a bubble gun if it will make everyone feel better. It is nice to feel loved and with my uncles, guns spell love.
Are you enjoying yourself?
I have fun in most everything I do, but the real answer is that God delights me all day long. He even sent a mouse to visit while I was in a Welcome Center restroom. Admittedly, it took a moment to decide I was delighted over the mouse, but I finally did. Delight is all in your perspective.
Donít get me wrong. This is not a vacation. Iím working hard and Iím tired but Iím also delighted to be doing what Iím doing. If you doubt it, look at the pictures in the Photo Gallery under Pennsylvania Ė Hershey Gardens and ask me who wouldnít be enjoying seeing such beauty.
Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors. NASU
Are you getting any sleep in Hapless?
Hapless is comfortable and has heating and air conditioning. When I finally lie down, I go right to sleep and sleep until the sun starts streaming in the skylights. Iím not sure what they were thinking when they designed those. My lack of rest isnít Haplessí fault. Once I start writing, I work way into the night and the sun comes the same time every morning.
Her lamp does not go out at night. NASU (From a Worthy Woman Ė Proverbs 31)
How Is Belle?
Belle is happiest when sheís with me. Sheís with me most of the time. Dogs are cave animals and the camper resembles a cave. Iíve finally got her to agree to play catch outside (catch inside the camper is no fun), so now she is getting exercise. She even occasionally tries to throw the Frisbee back to me.
The problems Belle has are same ones I have. We are covered with bruises and bites. Belle lays down on the camper bench to go to sleep, hears a noise, jerks her head up, and slams it into the underside of the table, every single time. Iíve done the same thing. I have bruises and bites on my arms and legs. People may take one look at me and think Iím an abused spouse on the run. I actually found a tick on BelleĖ which I quickly removed. She had never seen one before so we had a science lesson. There is a bath in her immediate future, which she wonít like. We both miss Bob.
Are you glad you brought Belle?
Yes. Who wouldnít want to travel with someone who loves you unconditionally, never argues, listens to every word you say, forgives everything, does what you say, likes your singing, and will cuddle or play anytime?
How do you get people to talk to you?
There are people everywhere. Iíve talked to people at welcome centers, on trails, on beaches, in rest rooms, in campgrounds, and in grocery stores. I get up every morning and ask for knowledge of Godís will for me and the power to carry that out. I trust that God will answer that prayer and I talk to the people God leads me to.
Iíve learned to be observant. I begin with a quick prayer, smiling, and making some kind of comment about what they are doing, wearing, or talking about. I always confess when I eavesdrop. Sometimes I ask where theyíre from. Belle is a great conversation starter. All I have to do is wait for the cues that God sends.
I tell people right away what my agenda is and that Iím a Christian, so they wonít be surprised later. Occasionally, that ends the conversation but surprisingly, thatís rare. People are usually intrigued.
We make small talk until I feel the conversation turn serious. There is always a specific moment when I know the ďconversation turnĒ has happened. When that happens, I probe until I find out what God wants me to hear or say. Some conversations are a witness for readers and others are a witness to the person Iím talking with. If they indicate at all that Iím being nosey or too personal, I back off.
Sometimes the conversation never turns serious and I leave. I end conversations by asking if I may write about the conversation and share it with my readers. Sometimes the answer is no and I always honor that. A regret I have is that there isnít enough time to write about every conversation. My goal with each conversation is to help the person move one-step closer in their walk with God. As I walk away, I pray for them.
If I believe in my commission from God, I never have to apologize for what Iím doing. The authority comes from Him and He will till the soil, supply the seeds, and water the garden after I leave.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, " All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." NASU
How much is this trip costing?
I am spending about $75-$100 per day. Not bad if I werenít also paying a mortgage back home.
Are you homesick?
Terribly. When I talk to Bob and he is with Kelley, Chris, Whitney, and Noah, it is the worst. My parents are going to a family wedding this weekend that I wish I could attend. Bob is coming to spend 4th of July weekend with me and Iím counting the minutes.
But here is the catch. Iíd be more homesick if I werenít doing this. When Iím not in Godís will, I get homesick for His living presence. God gave this instruction and I donít know what else to do but follow. 1 Peter 1:1-2 gives me comfort. When I read it, I feel like Peter is praying just for me. His prayer for grace and peace for me is being answered in the fullest measure.
1 Peter 1:1-2
To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. NASU