Monday, April 18, 2011

The Next Leg of Our Travels Begins!

The morning after Pesach, the Israelites gathered their belongings and headed east out of Egypt.  As we were just about as far east as we could go, we were going to be heading west and north - as far west and north as we could go!

Our belongings would have seemed like madness to the Israelites as we hooked up our "horses" (read: Ford F-250) to our "wagon" (read: Big Horn), drew in our sliders and prepared to haul all of our "worldly possessions" north to Alaska. 

The massive distances between us and our destination appeared far beyond our "askings or imaginings" ("Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine..." Ephesians 3:20) and we quietly struggled within ourselves with our own personal doubts and fears as we prepared to hit the road.  

The process of pulling a "rig" of this size is no small task and in light of the dangers of being on the road, requires careful attention to all of the details of stowing gear and locking down loose items.  Traffic, weather and road conditions can all work against us as we're traveling along.  We do our best to prepare for whatever may come, but there's no way to anticipate everything.  Teamwork and cooperation are key to success here.  

Our goal for the first day wasn't too ambitious.  Hoover, AL would be our first stop and our mileage was about 235 miles.  The Israelites traveled from Ramses to Sukkot on their first day.  I'm sure with some research I could figure out their mileage, but that doesn't really matter considering our different modes of transport.  The more relevant comparison would be of our feelings as we head out to the place that YHVH has determined as our destination.  We slip back and forth between thoughts of Abraham and Sarah setting off towards an unknown destination and the Israelites with their hope of the "Promised Land". 

In Hoover, we stayed in a city park that in reality was a huge "glorified" RV parking lot with these cute little "utility towers" at each parking spot.  Each "tower" featured water and electric hook-ups with a sewer hook-up on each end of the concrete island between each parking spot.  I'm sure the Israelites found nothing comparable in the wilderness of Sukkot.

There were no attendants or other amenities and very few rigs were scattered across this huge "campground".  Staying here for two nights in order to visit with my son and his family was quiet and uneventful.  We found ourselves hooking up on a very rainy Wednesday morning as we prepared to continue on the road.

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