Today, our first day of our summer mission extravaganza in 5 words: laughter, variety, unexpected, tired, free stuff!
Most all of our road trips are characterized by laughter and the unexpected. We enjoy each other’s company. My love of road trips goes back to my childhood. As a family we took summer vacations every year. It was the only time I felt that I had my mother’s undivided attention. I felt like I was the luckiest girl to be in the car with my parents and sister going to fun places. I get the same warm fuzzy feelings today each time we go road tripping!
The unexpected has not always found us or maybe I should say, we have not been looking for it. Finding the serendipitous or unexpected is not difficult when you open yourself up to new and different experiences. The simple question, “What we should see or do” has given us many unexpected and wonderful experiences. Just today, the owner of Busy Bee Quilts told us we should go to Tinker Town because it was just 12 miles away! It has been on my bucket list for years and we have never had the time. Today we did. If you have the chance to go I suggest you do. Be ready for the unexpected, unusual, and absurd. Senior citizen admission is only $3.25. What a bargain!
Variety. So much variety today in the scenery. Variety of types and ages of people we spoke with and signed the prayer quilt. There was a great variety in the prayer requests today. Everything from prayers for rain to prayers for grandparents. There were prayers for security and prayers for healing as a young woman may be facing cancer. Variety in the different attractions we experienced. There was Tinker Town and there was the Musical Highway that if you went at the right place and the right speed you could hear “God Bless America” as you drove over it. Yes, I would say we experienced variety today.
Free stuff – it’s always good. At a convenience store, we took our travel mugs in and filled them up with ice and drinks. We took them to the checkout counter expecting to pay the appropriate price for a drink that size. Instead the clerk waved us past the register saying, “You’re good!” Wow! Out of the blue – free! At Tinker Town we asked the women who managed the museum to sign our prayer quilt which they all eagerly did. As we were leaving I picked up a 50-cent postcard for my scrapbook. As I tried to pay for it they said, “It’s our gift to you.” There are still good and giving people in the world.
Tired, yes, we are both tired. It’s been a fun day and It’s been a long day. It’s been an emotional day hearing about broken hearts and terrible medical diagnosis. Some of the prayer concerns we’ve heard today are traumatic and focus on situations that are way beyond any humans control. All we can do is what we promised to do pray.
He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 GNT
Written by Susan