Welcome to the first blog article here at Group 412. As of today, July 10, 2012, we are still in the process of making this site fully functional. However, even through the work process much is happening which must be shared...
Sometimes we have to scale mountains... it is just a fact. Those mountains may be high... they may be low.... but none-the-less they MUST be scaled. Sometimes they loom there in front of us and we are tempted to just wait it out in the valley... thinking maybe the mountain will go away or another way around might be found... but that is never the case. Sometimes we are cruising along and we round a bend and BAM: there it is, the elevation is increasing and before you know it the climb has begun.
By the time you read this, the wheels on our little 26' RV will be rolling North, out of Phoenix, beginning the 1300 mile trek towards Billings, Montana. I would sing some Steven Curtis Chapman and "Long Way Home" right now... but we aren't there (or There) yet! Instead, an old secular Willie Nelson song pops into mind.... On the Road Again.
I realized this morning; I am in a cocoon. The Revelation made perfect sense. Up to this point, life around me has felt disjointed and somewhat chaotic in its simplicity and lack of... anything. But it isn't at all. Yesterday highlighted this point most when I underwent the process of breaking down and building up multiple times on issues, I did not realize at first, which were most basic in a truly Centered faith.
This picture, taken on a chilly December morning in Eastern Arkansas heading West on I40, is probably one of my favorites from this journey. We had finally left Tennessee after 2 months (which felt more like half a life-time) of some of the most grueling ministry work I think we have ever done to this point. Seeing "Hope" as an exit, albeit an Arkansas town, reminded me that our HOPE is only an exit away when we bow and give our cares to Jesus.
We made it. Yes, God was good and gracious in bringing us through to Montana without a single hitch. Did I sweat it? Honestly... yes! It has been a long crazy road, but I did trust: God had to have a plan... whatever that plan was. I felt in my very Spirit, He had already gone ahead and prepared a path, even if I couldn't see what that path was.
Wow... almost a month since I typed in this little box to share the progression of life 'in the field' for the Jones clan. Many times I started and tried... even shot for a Vlog (video blog) but the road to sharing has been bumpy and blocked.