This particular day started with clear skies, and looked to be a great travel day, but it wasn’t too long, and we began to see rain clouds forming ahead of us. We learned early on in ministry, that just because God calls you out to do a work for Him, doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t experience some storms in your life. We continued our journey east, but we knew that a storm was looming. Within a couple of hours, the skies opened, and the rains began to fall. The rain was coming pretty heavy, and some cars started to pull off of the road, and sit on the shoulder of the road; “waiting it out”. Seeing those cars pulling over reminded me of a message that I heard a while back that said, “In the midst of a storm, keep moving”. I thought about that and put on my hazard lights and “kept moving”. I was also reminded that sitting still in a storm, just makes the storm last longer; in short order, the storm had passed and we were back to clear skies. Reflecting on the Word of God, Jesus did some of his greatest work in the midst of storms, both in His life, and in the lives of others that He encountered.
We had made our through Louisiana and Mississippi; as we began to draw close to our goal of 400 miles, we made the decision to stop for the evening in Auburn, Alabama (just over 500 miles). Adriene did some research for campgrounds in the area, and we decided to stay the night at Auburn RV Park; it was actually very close to Auburn University. It was about that time, we remembered that some friends of ours (The Jones') in San Antonio, have a daughter going to school at Auburn University (Yanita Jones). We had met Yanita and her family at the Randolph AFB High School, where Adriene did a lot of volunteer worked, and eventually taught there as an Inclusion Teacher and coach. Yanita is also friends with our daughter Alisha; they are one year apart in their schooling. Alisha is a Senior, and Yanita is a Junior.
As we pulled into the park, I went inside the office to get checked in. They were expecting us, since Adriene had already called ahead and made a reservation about an hour prior. Due to the size of our rig, they had only 2 sites that would accommodate us. They offered us site “H", and said that we could pull into site “I” if we liked it better. After plenty of maneuvering the motorhome, back and forth multiple times, we got all settled in to our campsite (H), which by the way, was at the bottom of a steep hill.
I spent the evening doing a couple of minor repairs to “Destiny”; the windshield wiper arm had come loose from the blade, and started to be ineffective, so I aligned the blade the way it should be, and put some “lock bolt stuff” on there to hold it tight. I also wrapped a little duct tape around it to cover it temporarily; duct tape to the rescue again. I also took the opportunity to fix a taillight bulb that that fallen out of the socket; that was a “quick fix” too.
Side Note: When your “house” is on wheels and constantly riding down the road under “earthquake conditions”, there is often some minor repairs that need to be addressed. This reminds me of a biblical truth as well; when God reveals an area in our lives that needs work, we need to stop, take the time to do all that we can to “fix it”, and trust God to do the permanent work - we can’t just ignore it, it will only get worse as time goes on.
I also took the opportunity to test out the TV connection that I had put in one of our outside storage bays; it worked like a charm; I told Adriene to come outside to check it out. I put that connection outside, because the Lord told me that we would need it for the services that we would conduct “under the awning”, and the TV would be used as a monitor for praise and worship, and for announcements.