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IMG_3282Pennsylvania was the venue for a major ministry in the cool winter climate.  In my computer were five messages and one workshop ready to be delivered in the course of two and a half days.  That is a load of work.

When I consider that each time a speaker delivers a word from God, the responsibility is massive.  Representing Him accurately each time and then fending off spiritual challenges and physical challenges at the same time is a daunting task.  All of us who preach and teach love to respond to God’s call yet we know that the preparation and delivery of our calling is weighty.

After the first presentation, I was feeling the task in front of me.  It is a lot like the first lap on a long foot race.  Or it is similar to the first leg of a long bicycle ride.  Your mind wonders if your body is already spent.

It was time for a walk.  So, I went outside.  My coat and cap were tightly worn to insulate me against the cold winds of the NE.

There on a hill I could enjoy the scene of the valley below.  Grass cushioned my feet.  Trees that had long since shut down into winter mode stood like bare sentinels waiting for warmer temperatures in the distant Spring.

Clouds heavily laden with moisture fly overhead looking for comrades to share their moisture loads and find an excuse to drop it on the earth.  Birds flitted about scarfing up stray seeds.  Squirrels had escaped their nests and foraged for food and chased each other relentlessly as if their energy levels would burst if they stayed docile for too long.

Caught up in the middle of God’s great creation, I realized that my load had disappeared.  The weight of representing Him was now a distant memory, swallowed up in the greatness of who He is and the certainty of His presence.  Standing as part of His creative hand with life teaming around me reminded me that ministry is all about Him.

I breathed in deeply.  The air was fresh and clean.  My lungs relished the moment.

He would be faithful and I surrendered myself to His assurances.  Faithful friends from around the nation and the world would be praying for this ministry.  Studied up, prayed up and rested up I was ready to keep going through the weekend of service.  God would do His amazing work and I was privileged to be a part of it.

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IMG_1749It was a good day to pop out of bed.  The weather report was great.  Temperatures were in the mid 50’s, no precipitation and no wind.

Before I started in on a busy work day at my desk, I would hit the road with my two-wheel human-powered machine.  It is a Fuji road bike, designed to ride the roads and be as efficient as possible over a short period of time.   I love my bike!

I picked up the Buffalo Bayou Bike and Hike trail a couple of mile south of my home.  My last trip on this road was exploratory.  Now, I was ready to make it a planned route for a faster 20 mile tour.

Naturally, I am alert to wildlife.  Along the way the signs warning me not to feed the alligators

IMG_1753always make me smile.  There have never been any gators on the route since I have been looking for these reptiles.  The

 signs always make a great prop for a photo-op.

 

 

 

There is a long bridge on this route just before entering into George Bush Park.  It captures all of the geometry lessons that I learned in past years.  I see the triangles embedded in the structure to give it strength.Long lonely strips of pavement stretch for miles.  Whoever designed these trails did so many of us in our neighborhood a great service.  I am enjoying the exploring, the views, the expanse, the solitude of each ride I take.

 

This engineering project spans the waterway that is ready to direct any rain deluge away from our community.  It is a simple structure, nothing compared to the creation around it. Yet, in its unique way it is a marvel.

IMG_1759On and on I pedal.  Someday I should mount a computer on my bicycle.  I try to estimate my distance by time.

Roughly I must be travelling around 12 mph on an average.  That includes the stops for lights, pictures and massages that reinvigorate my circulation.  After returning home after 1 hour and 45 minutes, that calculates to 21 miles.  Hooey! No wonder I feel a little tired.

Life is busy.  Computers occupy so much of my time.  People fill in the gaps of life.  Road time restores so much balance.

I do pray during this moments.  Talking to my Heavenly Father reinvigorate me, cheers me and bolsters my confidence.  Away from busyness and swallowed up in solitude I enjoy the deepening that nourishes my soul.

photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography

 

 

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