Sunday, June 21, 2015
High – 92
Low – 75
Skies – Partly cloudy. Stray shower or thunderstorm
Winds – W 5-10
Church! Yahoo! (See Instagram @separateboats) And yet again, when we attended church there was a water theme! (A few weeks ago the song “You Make Me Brave” by Casting Crowns was being sung as we walked into the sanctuary in Caruthersville.) God continues to remind me He is with me every step of the way. Today we were able to attend church with Wanda and Louis Logue. The priest’s homily was based on Jesus calming the waves and the storm. Until today, when I heard how the boat was rocked and swamped by the waves, I visualized the event as a bystander. Today when the scripture was read, I was in the boat. I could feel the waves, see the waves crashing on the boat, and hear the waves lapping against the side of the boat. Jesus calmed those waves and will continue to calm my waves literally and figuratively. I have a new perspective on something with which I was so familiar from my childhood. God has blessed me in ways I never expected on this trip, causing tears of joy.
Preparing to leave new friends again tomorrow causes tears of sorrow. Another unexpected blessing…. leaving a piece of me in so many places along the route. Today we spent most of our day with the Logues. Church, lunch, pictures, river notes, guitars, groceries, dinner, laughs, and talks all became part of the memories of our trip. (See Instagram @separateboats)
As we leave tomorrow, we are entering another chapter of our trip. With the river gage rising, we will be facing new challenges – stronger current, more debris, and fewer camping options. It saddens me to think we may also not be spending as much time meeting new people because we are concerned about the additional water being added to the Mississippi as a result of the flooding on the Wabash and Ohio rivers, and the rains to the north from Tropical Storm Bill. As I encounter the waves and current, I will remember how Jesus calmed the storm and continues to make Himself real to me. Tears of joy.
Lesson learned today – God’s blessings bring tears of joy and sorrow.
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