Since seven is the number of completion I end the tale of my autumn trek with this post.
Monday morning I awoke and took breakfast with my son in the dining commons at VFCC. Aftrewards Joe invited me to his Isaiah class. Since I had his professor 23 years ago I thought it would be fun to see how things had changed. Professor Brubaker did not disappoint! I had an awesome time learning about the OAN’s (oracles against the nations). Then my son and I went to chapel together.
God has brought Psalm 23 to me over and over again for the last three months. Just before I left on my trek an old friend sent me an e-mail detailing a portion of the Psalm. In the chapel service a message in tongues and an interpretation reminded us that “we were not to fear evil because God was with us. His rod and staff would comfort us on the journey!”
I learned many years ago that there are no coincidences. God is teaching me something through this Psalm.
As I drove out of the parking lot at Valley Forge Christian College I thought about all the things I learned in my autumn trek:
1. I learned that life is supposed to follow a rhythm a slow, constant, and intentional rhythm.
2. I learned that when you follow the rhythm other people may not appreciate it. It will go against their rushing spirit.
3. I learned that slow, constant, and intentional can make you just as tired as fast, intermittent, and unplanned but that the satisfaction level of slow and constant is far greater.
4. I learned that God is in charge of the schedule. Not me!
So following the leading of the Spirit I stopped at Valley Forge National Park on my way out of PA for pictures: The George Washington Chapel
George Washington’s Headquarters
I also made one more stop on the way home in Sleepy Hollow, New York:
And of course I had to walk out a creepy path which the town calls its public park.
Can you feel the Headless Horseman on this path. Of course only in Sleepy Hollow would a walk in the public park lead you to a cemetery! No kidding!
Needless to say, I didn’t stay very long in Sleepy Hollow. My long journey home ended at eight and by ten P.M. I was in bed getting my Zz’s for staff meeting the next morning.
What did you discover from my autumn trek?
Thanks, Pastor J, for taking us on your journey. I discovered that when I get lost on my own path God will always lead me home if we I let him. It is comforting to know that our God cares so much, that he will redirect me to His path which is always the best road to travel.
Agreed Deb! God takes us down the redirected path and that is the best even if sometimes the back tracking is a little hard.
I love Debby’s comments. 🙂
What did I learn? Pastor J, there is something here that touches me a lot. About a father going to his son , , ,slowly, constantly, intentionally. How we feel lost at times, but He is still with us, guiding us. And not all paths lead to Him. Some lead to death, cemeteries. ! (okay, just had to through that one in there. ha!)
God bless you and all that He keeps teaching you.
I honestly had not thought of the father son side of things. My eyes are opened to a whole new realm of lessons I learned! 🙂
Being a Christian is a 24/7 experience . . . not a new thought by any means, but reinforced in these blogs of your autumn trek. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome Angela! Thanks for reading 😉