Journal June 27, 2021: Two weeks in one

It’s June 27, and I have been riding 8 weeks now. Due to various factors, I am needing to combine two weeks of blogging. 

Take-a-ways

  1. We are wired to marvel at God’s creation. 
  2. To keep going is a daily decision. 
  3. Can we become so comfortable that we miss out on what God wants to do in our lives?
  4. Problems become more manageable the closer you get to them. Take them head on!
  5. Knowing our history and touching it adds so much more depth to appreciate what we have and where we have come from. 

How God showed up

  1. In His creation. I am even more in awe of God as I get to experience seeing the beauty of his various landscapes, animals, vegetation, and weather. God has graced us with favorable, yet challenging weather patterns compared to what other riders have experienced. For me, it’s a testimony to God’s creation.
  2. Overall health continues to be good. Grateful for stamina and safety for self and fellow riders. 
  3. Each night God provides a place for us to stay, and sustenance as pray the Lord’s Prayer each day. 
  4. We met a rider who was solo and riding eastbound. We met him in the KOA at Rawlings, WY. When I told him, we were riding through Victor, Idaho to route around Yellowstone to the park’s west gate, he said he lived in Victor. Knowing us for about one hour he made his beautiful home available to us for 2 nights so we could have a rest day. This is the second stranger who made their home available to me. 
  5. We meet friends of friends I know in Cincinnati. In Dubious, WY, we are invited to breakfast with friends, Les and Kathy, of Burr and Terry Robinson. Their hospitality and home are warm and inviting.

Overview

I look at the map’s route and its elevation relief. I shudder at some of the sections, and my thoughts encounter fear. You decide to move forward and see the challenges from afar.  Then, you confront and engage it. The only way to conquer what is in front of you is to keep pressing forward and eventually you get to the top. It’s hard. It can take a while. Sometimes our pace and strategy vary. On lookers offer suggestions and encouragement. Yet, no one can rescue you from the task that is yours to complete. You get to the top of the climb and look back to see how far you have come, and you find great satisfaction and confidence to take on the next one. 

 

Another angle to addressing problems is perspective when looking at it. Your perspective may not be wrong as much as it’s misleading you. From a distance or when looking down on the next ascent to climb it can “appear” to loom larger than it really is. I found that if I ride to the lowest point to better understand and appreciate the actual course in front of me only to discover that the task (incline) was minimal or an illusion. I was seeing something that was either nonexistent or very manageable. I had to change my perspective or get closer to the challenge to better understand it. Don’t let your perspective hold you back from getting closer to the issue and moving forward. It’s likely not as bad as you think. 

Lastly, each time we cross into a new state I feel like the channel on the TV has been changed. The scenery and history of the area work in tandem to bring our history and heritage to life. The people we meet along the way and the stories they share add contrast and richness to my experience. It reminds me that God has been at work and is still working both there and in me. 

Blessings and Stand Firm,

Scott

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