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5 March 2009

Dude... that was really cool of you.

I've been busy this week trying to get our Freedom House youth retreat together for the weekend. I've called it "The Big Dig". I'm going to be talking about the Why, How, and Where of "digging into God" and getting to know him more. And it will be great... but it's work. Work upon work upon work sometimes.

Not complaining, because I actually thrive on it and would be bored without it... but the work part of life and ministry can be stressful sometimes. Trying to find the time to do everything you want to do in a day doesn't always work out as planned. And you know what? I don't think most people (especially those who have already pre-determined that they will be hard workers) mind it that much. But sometimes, everyone just needs the God-Gift of a moment to breathe.

When we were in Ghana, our lives were quite busy and scheduled. We had a week off in the middle of our tour of duty right before a convention we needed to be at in the Central Region of the country. One of the things that Krissy had always wanted to see was an elephant in the wild. Living in the big city of Accra... elephant sighting were scarce. So our friend Richard took us on a wild "Amazing Race" type journey to Mole Park in the Northern Region on the search for an elephant.

It was crazy man. The highlight was when the only vehicle that ran into the small village outside the park broke down because someone tried to fit a cow into it. We had to haggle to get a bed for the night and then bought the local "school bus" driver's day to drive us into the park. We came all that way and were down to only a couple of "elephant finding" hours left before we had to travel south again for the convention.

Then in rained.
Hard.
Africa, Toto, I felt the rains down in Africa hard
Our mini "holiday" didn't feel like much like one

We didn't even have the time to walk around this beautiful park, the likes of which we'd never see again. So somewhat dejected by our failed quest and "burden" of responsibility road ahead... we drank some orange juice and got back into the Trotro bus. Then... God gave us space to breathe. An elephant walked right up to the side of the road and put on a show for us. I got out and was 10ft away from a real live African wild elephant as he wrapped his trunk around a tree and took it down with one nod of his head.

Krissy didn't get that close... but you should have seen her smile. Seeing an elephant doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of life. But it was a

"Dude... that was really cool of you. Thanks"

And that little breath... fueled us up and put us back in gear to go back to work. Those God, "Dude that was really cool of you" moments have happened repeatedly in my life as an active participant in a life of faith. He's a good God who shares his kingdom with his friends who commit to being his hands and feet.


So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.
Deuteronomy 11: 13-14






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