Sunday, October 14, 2012

The great 8

So here I am approaching Mountain Home after some tough days of Leeroy and I kicking butt and taking names. After covering so many miles I decided that when I hit the town I would take a half day so Leeroy and I could rest and then power out some more miles.
Now backtrack to Caldwell ID when it was St, Leeroy and I walking, rapping and spreading the word on N2S/Uzima when we we're a approached my a real friendly guy who after chatting about what we were doing was so pumped he gave us a huge bag of beef jerky for our journey.Can you say heck ya!
Like most good things that eventually came to and end and as I was on I-84 just outside of Mountain Home finishing this bag of jerky thinking of how I had survived on it and just wishing I could let that nice guy know how it truly had blessed me. As that day was coming to an end I saw a car pull up and to my surprise it was that very guy, he was heading camping and had seen me on the road and so I was able after all able to tell this kind man how his gift had truly blessed me.....
Later on that night I got a text from a family who had seen me walking and read about me online finding my number on my Facebook and inviting me to come stay with them. What an amazing family, so very kind and caring. After some much needed rest, the next morning I hit the most friendly coffee shop in town with some incredibly kind individuals and then to the bank. Later that afternoon I ran into the family who I had stayed the night before with and they invited me to dinner and to stay another night. That night at dinner we shared stories and many laughs......good times#blessed

The next day I hit the road again by 6am with Leeroy and I both feeling renewed and ready to continue powering it out. With Glens Ferry as my destination I used this time as I walked to listen to messages and continue working on memorizing Romans 8

This is all I have gotten thus far

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4 ESV)
Thats some heavy stuff, out of this world huh?
Within a couple days I had walked into Glenn's Ferry, surprisingly not the smallest town I had hit thus far but for sure a small town. in this town is where I met one of the most amazing guys I have met thus far. His name is Mitch and let me tell you a little bit about him. On first glance he is a big, tough, weathered man who you would not want to make mad. Hands as big as a bear's paw and voice so deep and raspy it will make you think twice. Anyways underneath this tough demeanor he is one of the kindest, most genorous men with a true heart of gold. This man has gone through it all , he has been in jail in three different countries, battled with addiction and he like most of us carries the scars to prove the life he had weathered. Mitch is a guy I connected with on every level with us becoming fast friends and nearly inseperatable, with me even going to his work and working with this guy and his whole entire family!
I met Mitch at the first place I came to in town I hadn't even put down my bag before he scooped me up and whisked me into the town, introducing me to everyone in Glenns Ferry. Favorite part, here goes, it about 11pm at night, we are at a bar and grill with his wife. We are telling my story to everyone in the building. Mitch gets up puts some quarters in the juke box and a Garth Brooke song comes on, this whole entire building erupts with everyone cheering and singing along word for word. I am looking around feeling like I am in a movie so surreal. We stayed,talked and played pool till about 3 in the morning and then we headed home. Next day we got up early, Mitch builds bridges on the highway. So we had to go to put water on the bridge to help the curing I am no expert but this helps keep the concrete from cooling down and hardening to fast at least I think. This is when I truly got to know Mitch, we talked about everything, life, all of it. I told him about my testimony, we talked about dady issues. Amazing moment, while standing on the bridge with cars flying by us we start sharing our history. I was able to remember that verse in Romans that's says we are set free from our past and that there is no condemnation and that the is no shame......I told him the impact that had on me and how I finally was able to let the past be the past and how I realized we mess up, fess up and clean it up. God is not keeping score and how powerful this has been  for me because my past has left me feeling completely defeated and useless with the shame of it all attempting to drive me and control my thoughts and life. But O the blood of Jesus and the grace he has shown a sinner  like me.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, my name is David. I'd like to meet you and your Leeroy if you come through Provo, and bring you a snack if you'd like. I don't know how Leeroy likes dogs, but we have two dogs who'd probably enjoy meeting you both as well.