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The road trip has been on the calendar for a long time. Father and son, roughing it, swapping stories, sleeping out by the light…of the monitors?

Not exactly.

Those words do well to characterize the week. Birthday parties, movies, meetings at the office, and Memorial Day adventures were all planned.

What has all happened was largely unplanned.

Hospitalizations. Near miss tornados. Large scale tragedy unfolding before us. An early morning cutting down trees. And, of course, the road trip.
#1 son and I caught the climbing bug last summer. It has been one of the larger surprises of my middle aged era. I actually enjoyed strapping on some weight, and carrying the load up and down, over long distances, sometimes in pain, while at other moments in awe. You see, I had to endure it all to reach the summit and to enjoy it in all its glory.
The thought that I was all alone
Broken and afraid
But You were there with me
Yes You were there with me

Well and I didn’t even know
That I had lost my way
But You were there with me
Yes You were there with me

Until You opened up my eyes
I never knew
That I couldn’t ever make it without You

It has been a hard week. Long before the wind ever began to blow, time, priorities, and commitments had required that #1 son and I postpone our long anticipated sojourn to the mountain.

And yet, here we are tonight, outside our element, father and son: all three of us.

Yes, #1 son and I got in the car after all, not as planned, but as unplanned. The journey west took us south. And now, not by the light of the moon, but the monitors, father, and son, and his son, are here together in a hospital room. If all goes as planned, we will lift our packs at the break of dawn and hike our way out of here. That’s the plan. Sometimes, plans change, and we have to learn to be OK with that.

And even though the journey’s long
And I know the road is hard
Well, the one who’s gone before me
He will help me carry on
Other people’s plans changed this week, as well. People like Jennifer, a true hero, whose day on Monday probably went nothing like she had ever planned. You can read her story here.

And after all that I’ve been through
Now I realize the truth
That I must go through the valley
To stand upon the mountain of God

And as I travel on the road
That You have lead me down
You are here with me

Yes, YAHWEH is here with me.

HE is with you too, and Jennifer, and all the rest of us…

The roadtrip continues, and it is a good one. The ultimate Summit is up ahead, if we just keep climbing.

*The Mountain of God lyrics by Third Day


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