December 11 2017 – Click here to listen
This weekend I moved my boat from the Florida Keys to Stuart Florida. I pulled the large boat with my truck leaving a hotel in Key Largo at 4:30 am to avoid traffic and arrived without incident in Stuart three hours later. Then I had to launch the boat at a public boat ramp with only my wife to help me. The main ramp was closed, and I had to back it up and maneuver it down a ramp that was just barely wide enough to accommodate it. No easy task I can assure you.
Then I drove the boat across the wide St. Lucie River to dock it at the boat storage marina. My wife drove the truck with trailer attached across the bridge to the marina to pick me up. I then drove over to a trailer storage place and stored my boat trailer and finally drove the three hours back to Sarasota.
More than once I questioned my sanity for not just hiring a professional transport company to move the boat for me. I’m not 30 years old anymore and it was certainly no easy job. I thought about this often as I drove through the dark.
Bah! I thought, “Why not me”? And just about then a semi would come flying by at 80 mph as if the Lord was saying, “This is why”! I would humbly mutter, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Lord please strengthen me”.
It was cold and windy and when I stopped to get fuel for my truck my teeth were chattering as I filled it up. But then a hot cup of coffee warmed me right up and I was smiling again.
The bottom line is that I made it safe and sound and my boat is stored and ready for fishing when I move over there next weekend. As a bonus of this trip, when we arrived in Islamorada, we discovered that the church that we attended there for 7 years was hosting their Christmas gala on Saturday night. I couldn’t miss that and I’m so happy I didn’t. We were treated to an awesome musical and Christmas pageant and got to see many old friends.
I was delighted to hear that the church had finally obtained permits to build a badly needed new church on a gorgeous piece of bayside property that we had donated to them prior to leaving the Keys and moving to Honey Lake. This church will be much larger than the current one and they are excited!
Wow we made that donation in 2008 and I had just about given up hope that they would ever build a church on it. As I spoke to the pastor, his wife and various members I learned that the church had grown like crazy and was doing excellent. Judging from the musical it is bearing fruit left and right. I felt bad that I had questioned whether our gift would ever be utilized and once again learned a valuable lesson that everything happens in GOD’S time and not our own and that I should just patiently wait on the Lord.
Patiently? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
So, another lesson learned, if I had not undertaken my harrowing experience of moving my boat myself, I would have missed out on all of that.
Hmmm . . . You might not agree with that, but I’m so happy that I went down there. You might think I’m crazy, but God takes care of us loons too. Don’t be afraid.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.