So we are back in Big Al the Chaparral after an exciting weekend, for me it was my first time traveling a long distance towing Big Al. Surprisingly, it was really no more challenging than driving the truck, except you know when I tried to pull into the RV park and forgot to check to see what I might run aground on. But with some tips from Geoff and a helpful bystander we got through the gate and into our spot on Saturday! And we are generally unpacked and settled again. We are really hoping to live in Big Al for more than 6 days this time but we really don’t have that many more days before our planned departure date so we’ll see what happens :).
This is the part of the post where I tell you this is our last full week in the area. We are planning on leaving next Wednesday. This is also the part of our adventure that requires more tissues than I would like to need or use.
So maybe we’ll find less itchy country and maybe not. If not, maybe we’ll come back and you’ll have to throw us a welcome home party too.
Regardless, I feel like the Lord’s up to something. Since I’ve been sharing our lives in this blog I feel like I can see the hand of God working in our lives quite a bit more clearly. Even in this last bout with no air conditioning and moving out of the (brand new) RV again and needing to go to Lakeland again to have the repair work done, God was there. He orchestrated friends stepping up to take us in (and bear with us and our early riser son), he had friends care for our cats, he allowed the work to be completed on the RV in record time, he made it so Geoff only experienced a minor work interference, he helped us to feel more comfortable towing the RV in areas we had driven before, we each successfully hitched the RV, he sent us some specific mercy in parenting helps, he reminded us how much we love big families (or at least living with them), and he returned us to a fully working AC that can even withstand the FL heat! Phew, God is busy!
If we are honest last year at this time we were kind of full up on Florida. We were nursing some negative feelings about whether we had made any/many real friendships, whether we would ever be able to go outside again (and not melt or drop down dead from itching), etc. But this long process of praying, deciding and preparing to move has helped us realize many of the realities to these untrue questions. And so it makes it doubly hard to leave. It makes you wonder how you’ll ever get by without these people. But it’s okay because we are taking God with us and that’s enough (whether we always know it or not).
So you can pray for us, that God would strengthen our faith, marriage and family. Pray that we would recognize opportunities to meet people we would not otherwise know and instead of being self absorbed we would live each day as a ministry, looking for every opening to share the gospel, to demonstrate hospitality and to become more like Christ. It’s a lofty prayer, but I serve a mighty God.
Catch us while you can,
Big Rig Rose