Now that I have been on the road in Florida for more or less 3 weeks, I have seen many exciting things that have made me see more of God in our world. I know that sounds contradictory, that dealing with tourist drivers and tolls should by and large make you a little insane, but when you are "living the dream" as I am right now, not a lot bothers you. Instead, we see the good.
Like seeing an incredible sunrise over alligator alley, which is a desolate strip of I-75 where it is mostly Indian reservation. Not only the beauty of that sunrise surrounded by lavish palm trees and land as far as one can see, but the security of miles of fences that have been constructed to keep 'gators and deer from wandering onto the highway. Kind of reminded me of the security that we have in our relationship with the Lord, and how, as we travel this road of life with him, that he protects us from unforeseen enemies who may attempt to destroy our faith. As a matter of fact on a flight into Pensacola airport last week I saw a rainbow that brought out thoughts of His reminder to us of no more flooding to destroy the world despite how hard it has rained.
And then there are those sunsets that seem to bring the sky right down upon you, somehow in Florida, the sky seems closer almost as if you could reach out and touch it. It gives me encouragement that God is always with us especially when we are alone with him and can focus on just who he is and how he cares for us. You could just reach out and touch his hand and feel the presence of His Spirit within us, it comforts our soul.
Then there are those inspired toll booth operators who say "God Bless You' after yet another few dollars has left your wallet. I am so thankful to contribute to keeping our highways safe and secure. Kind of like contributing to Campus, helping to keep our Church a place of security, love and acceptance, a place where we can always feel like we are traveling on the right road of faith, especially with all the enormous outreach programs in action. Our "Toll" actually helps keep the Good News flowing.
Right about now, I can truly say that I miss you guys tremendously, but every day you are in my thoughts and prayers as I travel, it is another thing that inspires me, to think of you and to think of what a difference we are all making for His glory. Be safe as you travel your own road today, and remember God has that protective fence up to stop those 'gators from crawling in your way!
The Road Warrior
8/11/2013 10:59:18 pm
You never cease to amaze me, Glenn. Thank you for these words of encouragement. May God bless you and keep you safe.
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.