Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what’s stopping you?

Sometimes all that is stopping me is me.
My thoughts
my feelings
my partial understanding of a situation
my ‘rights’
fear
laziness or overly busy
complacency
avoidance
These things can all stop me in my tracks.  They can also greatly affect my joy, peace and hope.
So what to do?
Get out of my own head — get into the Word. Purpose to live this day walking with Jesus — that means laziness, complacency, avoidance, and fear has to go. Overly busy needs to be re-evaluated. (To help with priorities, I highly recommend the book “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst)
For me, planning down time is a necessity – right along with scheduling exercise. Rarely do either of those two things happen by chance. Yet, both are valuable to living a healthy full life.
I don’t want to live my life in a small way.
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So for today I am entering the wide-open spaces. I choose to live this day openly and expansively.   I wonder what will God be up to as I unfold this day with Him?
What about you?
What will you choose to do with your day?
til next time
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March 22, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

learning to dance in the rain

I am not a fan of driving in rain. Lately I have had lots of practice. Last week there was such a downpour that I got off at the next exit just to get a break. The rain did let up only to start again after I got back on the highway.

I don’t mind if it is a gentle rain, but when it seems the heavens open and the floods are coming — well, I prefer not to be driving.

Life can be like that at times. It can seem to come at us fast and furious. We barely catch our breath and here comes more.

Once again, I am reminded that my attitude plays a huge role in how I handle the rain storms and the storms of life.

The Message Bible reminds us in James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

So, when you feel life coming at you full speed ahead — look at your attitude – it may need adjusting.  We can learn to dance in the rain.  We can choose to focus on the good.  God is good!   And we can remember peace is available through Jesus.

 

dancing

Peace and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is peace dancing and Peace is joy resting!

til next time

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August 23, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

674

674 and counting

Awhile back I was at a PW retreat and was challenged to start a gratitude journal.  I have great respect and admiration for the woman who challenged me.  She even went as far as to supply us with journals.  I had no excuse.  (Shortly after that I read the book  1,000 Gifts by Ann Voscamp.  I highly recommend this book.)

The idea behind the journal is to list three things that you are grateful for each day – no repeating.

My first three:

1. The love of God
2. My husband
3. My children

I am up to 674.  While that is a lot, if I had in fact listed three each day there would be so much more.  However, this is not about guilt or self- condemnation when I don’t write in it for a few days.

It is about getting me to focus on what God is doing in my life.  It is about keeping a record of the little things that I would have missed if I wasn’t looking for the beauty around me.  It is a tool to help me cultivate an awareness of God’s presence in my day.

“Let us cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.”  Curt Girod

Another benefit is that on those days when life seems to have kicked me in the teeth, I can open up my journal and read through it.  I can’t adequately express just how encouraging that is!

“God is good.  Life is good.  Life can be hard but God is still good.”  Curt Girod

What about you?  Do you find yourself rushing through each day?  Is it easy for you to be dragged down in negativity?  Do your days seems to be ‘same old, same old?’  Do you recognize the fingerprints of God in your day? Do you struggle with gratitude?

I encourage you to grab a pen and notebook.  Start your own gratitude journal.  If you keep at it, it will change you.

Here are a few of my entries.

Sand between my toes,
Greenish blue water meeting the bright blue sky, dotted with white fluffy clouds (just reading that takes me back to that moment -makes me smile)
Vastness of the ocean,
White keys –black keys flowing into music,
Smell of the air after a downpour,
Great hair day,
Bad hair day – have hair!
Alexander snuggles,
Encouragement of a friend,
Tree lined highways,
Cake for breakfast!!
Belly laughs,
Crisp bacon,
Wading across the Mississippi,
My husband’s smile,
Alexander’s really long hug while my tears flow – life is precious!
Peace in the midst of sadness,
Heating pad,
Apple fritters that remind me of mom,
Hope,
Just so happens moments – when God lines things up (there are many of those listed)
Peppermint mocha creamer,
Crying with a friend,
Alexander walking in my shoes,
The sound of my children laughing,

What are you grateful for?  Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  What a great time to start your own gratitude journal.

til next time

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November 25, 2015 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

there’s gonna be a little rain

 

joy in rain

What do you do when the storm rages?  What do you do when the pouring rain of difficulties seem to linger and the sun refuses to come out from behind those gloomy clouds?

Back in high school I had a t-shirt that said “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it.”   Even back then, God was instilling in me the importance of my attitude and that whatever was happening was minor compared to how I chose to deal with it.

As a kid, I loved the rain.  Puddles were the best!  I remember riding my bike through the puddles and squealing with such joy as my legs would get splashed.   With carefree abandonment I would jump in the puddles and twirl in the rain.  It was glorious.

Somewhere along the way my attitude changed.   I hated it when it rained.  My hair would respond with ginormous frizz,  rain made me cold, and the thought of getting splatter by puddles  was atrocious.

The rain hadn’t changed.  The way I respond to the rain had changed.

So it is in life, the carefree days of adolescents turn into the responsible days of adulthood. Yet, sometimes we forget that life is meant to be enjoyed.  After all, God created and then said “It is good!”

While we do have responsibilities, there still needs to be a balance between work and play.  Most importantly, even in our work we have the choice to enjoy life.  My daddy always told me that if I had to do something anyway I might as well do it with a smile.   Try it.  It does make a difference.

So one day, I was walking home from work (in the rain) and  I made the decision that I was going to splash.  Maybe it was a mid-life crisis or maybe I was tired but whatever the reason, I splashed. Then  I laughed.  If anyone was watching I am sure they laughed too or shook their head and said that woman is losing it.

Later, I managed to get my husband to go walking/singing/dancing in the rain.  Of course it was dark of night and we stayed away from street lights.  Although our son did take our picture when we returned home covered in water and mud.   What a night!!!

dancing

Later I happened upon this saying and had to have it.  “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”    Rain took on a whole new – or maybe it would be more accurate to say old- meaning.  I added the Dove chocolate saying that a young  guy from work gave me  because it reminded him of me.  “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  

What reminds others of  you?

Since then we have ridden through many rain storms on the motorcycle.  We joke that it really isn’t an adventure unless there is a little rain.

that is wetThought we were going to miss this downpour and then the road curved.  Thank God for safely getting us off the highway and through the puddles deep enough to come up to the tail pipe.   This was on our Grand Canyon trip.  We had it all — extreme heat, torrential rain, a blast of wind that just wouldn’t stop and a trip of a lifetime!

torrential rain

virginiaOur Beach run trip.  Going back home through the mountains we had sunshine and blue skies!

beach run

So it is with our lives.  A little rain must fall.  Sometimes it is a torrential downpour.  You have two main choices.  You can grumble, complain and be in a poor mood or you can put a smile on your face, remind yourself that God is still God and very much in control, and He is the reason you can dance in the rain.  Don’t let a little (or a lot of) rain stop you from making the most of each day.  There are no do overs.

Once again, I love to walk in the rain.  Better yet,  I love to dance in the rain.

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)  “….for the joy of the Lord is your strength”

Philippians 4:4-5 (MSG)  “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!”  (KJV – Rejoice in the Lord, always, again I say rejoice!)

Psalm 64:9 (MSG)” Everyone sees it. God’s work is the talk of the town.  Be glad, good people! Fly to God!  Good-hearted people, make praise your habit.”

As for the physical ‘rain’, it has been 14 weeks today.  I go back to the doctor Monday.  I am grateful that I have seen improvement over the last four weeks.  I am hopeful that surgery will be avoided.  In fact tomorrow I may be trying my first motorcycle ride this year.   I wonder if it will rain??

Psalm 30:5b (NASB)   “…Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

John 14:27  (NASB) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Philippians 4:6-7(MSG) Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

til next time

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

roller coaster/carousel

I enjoy Amusement parks.  A day of adventure and funnel cakes.   By the end of the day we are exhausted but oh what a day it has been!    On the ride home everyone but the driver is fast asleep.  It has been a great day in the sun.

As much as I enjoy the day, I wouldn’t want to live at an amusement park.

Yet, sometimes my life seems to resemble an amusement park.

The various roller coasters are some of my favorite rides.  Although I have noticed that since my auto accident, my neck and shoulders do not appreciate all the jerking.  Even so, I still enjoy most of them and I will wait extra to be able to ride in the  front seat.

Laughter and anticipation on the way up  – with hands up in the air on the way down.

roller coaster

Roller coaster rides last a couple of minutes.  You can wait in line for a long time.  Patience is needed as you wait your turn.  Slowly, ever so slowly you wind around until it is your turn  to take the plunge.   Although there have been times when we would pull up to the gate and the conductor would send us through again.  Good times!!

In life, sometimes, the roller coaster doesn’t appear to stop.  I would gladly get off and wait in line for the next one, but it just keeps going and going.   Patience is now needed to be able to hang on until it eventually stops.

Then there is the carousel.  I love the carousel.  I always have.  The gentle up and down movement of the horses as you go around in a circle is so soothing.   The greatest challenge is getting on or off the horse if it has stopped in the highest position.  Some people get bored with the carousel because it just does the same old – same old thing.carousel

Two of my favorite rides.  There are some huge differences between the two rides.

The differences —  One is a calm ride, the other is a wild ride –  even the tempo of the music is different.   One ride  has a steady pace, while the other varies from creeping up a hill, to soaring down the other side, with some loops thrown in and some wild corners.   One ride may involve screaming and laughter, while the other one does not move you to such emotion.

There are also similarities between the two.  Both of them go around in a circle.  Both of them require waiting til the ride is over to get on or off.  Both have an up and down motion.  Both have a bar you can hang on to or you can go hands free.  Both of them would get old if you were not allowed to get off.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)

 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

(Click here to read sermon notes from this past Sunday including this verse)

Sometimes it can seem that all I am doing is going around in circles.  Depending on the situation it can be a fast, wild circle (roller coaster) or a same old – same old circle (carousel) but the truth is that  in all of it God has a plan.   There is a purpose.   Whether you find yourself waiting in line, riding the roller coaster, or riding the carousel don’t let circumstances move you.  Be steadfast!  Don’t let the  ride cause you to take your eyes off of Jesus.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

til next time

August 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

celebrate

I wrote about reminders awhile back  (click here to read it.)

every dayI found a couple more reminders at Hobby Lobby.  In our fast paced life style this one was a great reminder.

Now this doesn’t mean I don’t have a good life.  In  fact, just the opposite is true.  I have a great life – a full life.

Yet, I can get so focused on others that I forget to take time  for me.  While helping others does indeed make me happy, it is also important that I take time out for me too.

The Bible says to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

My life is full.  I am surrounded with all sorts of blessings from God.   However, I can find myself so immersed in whatever I am doing that I forget to truly enjoy it.

Laziness is not now, nor has ever been, a trait of mine.   In fact, I often think that my mother set the bar too high.  She didn’t sit down to rest until all the work was done.  Well, in my occupation the work is never done so I have had a hard time learning to find that rest.  God is calling me daily to a life of balance.  It begins with changing my focus.  It is not about accomplishing the mission but enjoying the process.

Here is my other Hobby Lobby purchase.

love lifeWhen I saw this, it just leaped out at me.  First of all, this saying calls for action.  Secondly, its design was made for our bedroom.  That is our comforter that it is laying on.   What a perfect match.

As a Christian there is no better life.  Yet I see Christians that are practically miserable.     Lack of trust or disobedience are among the top things that can cause a Christian to be miserable.  How that must grieve the Father’s heart.    Jesus came that we would have life and life abundantly.  (John 10:10)

When I reflect on my life, I am in awe of the way God reveals Himself to me.  So often it is in the every day miracles.   His fingerprints are all around me.   How sad when I allow myself to be too busy to notice.

Sometimes I wonder if my zeal for life is evident.   I can get so caught up in the task at hand that I am clearly in the zone.   My daily list of things to get done before going to bed can set me in a driven state that can become void of enjoyment if I am not careful.

I love my life.  I love the way God orchestrates little things and big things.  I join my voice with Matthew West’s in singing “I don’t want to go through the motions.”  Life is meant to be enjoyed!

til next time

February 20, 2013 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Black Friday

For some shopping on Black Friday is not even a consideration.  For others a little dab will do them.  The news media broadcasts the greed and violence that some experience while shopping on Black Friday.   However,  I do believe that the majority of people who go have a good time and that kindness is evident even when you are shoulder to shoulder with strangers.

I don’t even know how many years we have ventured out.  Let me just say that I don’t remember  a Thanksgiving weekend without Black Friday shopping.

Yes that is snow!!

When we arrived in MN on Thanksgiving it was warm.  However, as the day went on it started to snow.

Here we are heading out.

This is the first year my nephew decided to see what all the fuss was about.

It was also the first year we went for 10 hours before heading back to my sisters.  I did wonder how my mom ever kept up with us.  I cherish the memories I have of getting up at O’ dark 30 and there she was dressed and ready to go.

Galina and I remembered our Santa hats

We wear fun hats.  They serve two purposes.  First it is way easier to spot a hat when searching for each other and secondly it causes laughter.

I love to laugh.  Laughter is a universal language.

We are having fun even if we are freezing

you are one of the first 40 🙂

When we left IA it was in the 50’s and I had open-backed shoes on.  After waiting in the freezing cold and snow for Old Navy to open, the first thing I did was head to the boot department.  Brr.

There were people everywhere.  Just when I thought no way was I getting any closer (after all I do have space issues) –  I noticed that the people down in front were actually passing boots back to those behind them.  I called out ‘Size 8 please’ and wala someone handed me a pair of boots.  I stood there, in the background, for a while just watching that gentleman and lady grabbing boots from up high and tossing them to strangers.  Sad that things like that don’t make the 10 o’clock news.

Breakfast break.  Tradition has it that McDonald’s is the place to eat.  A little food and lots of caffeine and we are ready to continue.

McDonald’s gift to us for stopping for breakfast at O’ Dark thirty

 

All in all,  it was another successful and memorable Black Friday experience.  Successful because I easily stayed on budget while getting  some terrific deals.  Memorable because it was 10 hours with my sister, niece, nephew and ‘daughter’.    It is one tradition worth keeping.

til next time

November 29, 2012 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

the beginning

You think your parents are old.  My father was 56 and my mother was 38 when I was born.  Yet, I was not an oops baby.   That’s right, they decided at that age to have one more baby!  (Lots of my cousins have children older than me.)

I was 17 when I graduated from high school.  Less than two weeks later my father died.  One month later my grandma died.  That was a lot to process for a 17-year-old.  I had questions for God that no one seemed to be able to answer.   God Himself  seemed very quiet.

I found myself on the fence with my Christianity.   Later I would learn that sitting on the fence was really like sitting one foot inside the devil’s camp.  Doing my own thing just made it easier to say  no to God and that made it easier to justify my decisions.

What a slippery slope that becomes when Christians make excuses (or try to justify behavior) so they feel better.

That fall I moved into an apartment, an hour away, with my best friend.    I was  on my way to fulfilling my plan of becoming a CPA.

I would  soon learn that best friends don’t make great roommates.

One day I came back to the apartment and she had moved out.   I had lost my roommate and my best friend.   So in less than six months I had lost my father, my grandmother and my best friend.

I had lots of unanswered questions.

I finished up the semester, moved home, enrolled in a college closer to home, got engaged to a ‘good’ guy and continued on my course of being a CPA.

Finally, God got my attention in a huge way.  No more sitting on the fence, I had to make a decision.  It was my “Jonah” experience.  I wasn’t in the belly of a fish but I might as well have been.  Either God was who He said He was and could be trusted with all of me or He wasn’t.   Either God was going to get all of me or none of me.  I couldn’t imagine a life without God but God made it clear that He was not going to rubber stamp approval on my plan.

Deep down I hungered for that intimacy I once had with God.  I had tasted and seen that God was good.  (Psalm 34:8)  I knew that He had a plan for me.  (Jeremiah 29:11)   Yet, I still had those unanswered questions.

I stopped running and sent off my application to Bible college.   It was a turning point in my life.  I gave up all my dreams for His plans for me even though I didn’t have a clue what those plans were.

Looking back I see how small my dreams really were.  God has huge plans for His kids and it is never an even trade.  God gives so much more than He asks us to lay down!

That first year of Bible college was amazing.  I was like a sponge being saturated with the love of God.   An interesting thing started to happen.  I found answer after answer to my questions just by reading the Word of God.    God isn’t ever truly silent.  He has page after page after page of communication.  All we have to do is pick up the Bible and read it.

God graciously dealt with me about the  issue of my engagement.  That was the last thing for me to lay down.   I  tried hard to justify that relationship.     Did I really mean it when I said not my will but Yours Lord?   Was I going to settle for something less than God’s will?

Love is a strong driving force.  It finally came down to who I loved more.   God heals a broken heart and I got to experience that first hand.

After graduation I found myself wondering what was next.  Through a chain of events I ended up managing the college deli during the day.  It was great.  I love people and had plenty of opportunity to be used by God.

Months later I would meet the guy who would sweep me off my feet.

We met at the end of January, got engaged in May and married in August.  He says it had to happen fast so that I wouldn’t have time to change my mind.  Having broken off two engagements I was just a little jumpy about serious relationships.  I had to know that I know that I know that this  was indeed the one.  I refused to settle for anything less than God’s best!

God does make His will clear to us, if we wait on Him.   I truly married my very best friend.  The good, the bad, the great, the very difficult — we have had it all and I am sure there are plenty of hills and valleys in our future but a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.  (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

then came children (to be continued)

Here we are at 25 years!

til next time

October 31, 2012 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

the rest of the story

The conclusion – or as Paul Harvey used to say –“the rest of the story.”

After taking a few more stops to admire the beauty of the Grand Canyon, we found ourselves on a road appearing to go nowhere and certainly the one less traveled.

It was truly the open road with plenty of solitude.

We had over 400 miles to travel if we were to make it to Steve’s.

We would go for miles and miles and miles without seeing life of any kind.

The roads were very nice – great motorcycle roads but desolate and barren described the land.  There was no shade – probably because no trees could grow there, just plenty of  sun beating down and bouncing off the pavement.  The temperature was rising.  Later we would find out that it got up to 115 degrees.

In Iowa we have deer crossing signs, but here they have Cow crossing signs.

Sure enough there were cows along the edge of the road.

It was only after we had gotten almost to Colorado that we realized that cell phone reception was non-existence in much of that area.   I am sure glad that God is who we depend on and nothing stops that connection.

Another thing we like to do is find unusual places to eat.  This was by far the strangest pizza we had on our trip.  It was fantastic.  Only draw back was the restaurant was big on fresh air, open windows and walls (yes walls) and what we wanted was air conditioning.  It had been a hot ride on the bike!

Finally we cross into Colorado.  The scenery begins to change and we are almost to Steve’s house.

When we arrive we were treated to the best Lobster I have ever eaten.    If that wasn’t enough, Jozie also fixed bacon wrapped filet mignon.  What a feast!  It was great to meet Jozie and Olivia. It had been 25 years since the guys had seen each other.  It was a wonderful reunion! 

The next  morning was our 26th anniversary.  It was also the day we went through the mountains!  We were very grateful that the clutch had been repaired back in Oklahoma.  The bike was made to travel and it took the mountains like they were just baby hills.

Absolutely gorgeous!!!  Surrounded by beauty!!!  What an experience!!

Nebraska — getting closer to home.  We were certainly glad that we did not need gas when we stopped at that station.

Ole’s Big game steak house was well worth the stop.  The food was great and the big game was impressive. 

We also stopped to check out the Pony Express.  Yes this trip was also educational.  After all, I am married to a teacher.

Speaking of educational, this place was a wealth of information.  We live on the Lincoln Highway but it took a trip through Nebraska to learn about the history of that highway.  We could have used more time here.  There was so much to see.

We are almost home.  It has been 10 days, over 3,400 miles on 2 wheels.  We had days that were filled with wonder and beauty.  We had days that were a matter of endurance training.  I learned a lot about myself and drew closer to the one who loves me most.   There is just something about being up close and personal to nature that cultivates an awareness of  God’s presence.     Truly it was a trip of a life time.

As we were pulling into our town I told Curt that I just needed a shower and a night in my own bed and then I would be ready to go again.

I was born to ride.

For part 3 – Grand Canyon – click here

“and now you know the rest of the story.”  Paul Harvey

til next time

September 11, 2012 Posted by | motorcycle | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

2 wheels and plenty of highway

10 days, 2 wheels, over 3,400 miles of wonder, beauty, challenges……

Much of the time it was wide open spaces, my husband, God and me. What a perfect combination!

Since we actually had a destination  – maps were helpful.

Curt likes maps.  This made for  free  souvenirs for him at the visitor centers.   Speaking of souvenirs, that is a draw back to taking the bike. Space is limited.

However, I still managed to bring a few things home.  Of course it helped that I threw away a pair of shoes that I had packed.   I needed the space.

We love ‘mom and pop’ motels.  Having been on the bike for quite a bit of the day we would find a quaint motel and then walk to supper.

As long as there was a/c, clean rooms , wi/fi, and hot water it was all good.

Everywhere we went it was the same story.  Very dry!  Green grass?  Not much –  if any.  Rivers were very low.

We did enjoy plenty of opportunities to travel on Route 66.  Here we are driving along side it.  Why we would go 45 maybe 55 when we could go 75 less than 50 yards away?

We were blessed to see some old friends as we passed through Oklahoma.

Due to the heat, we would get up early and be on the road close to sunrise.   The heat and wind would pick up as the day went on.  Hot took on a whole new meaning.

Day 3 –  found us in Oklahoma going up a hill when we lost power.  There just ‘happened‘ to be this extra cement slab on the other side of the shoulder.  We were able to get clearly out of harms way.  Good thing as it was a busy highway.

What to do while we wait for the tow truck?  Pull out our Louis L’Amour books.  Oh look there is even a place for us to sit.

There is an unwritten motorcycle code that states that it is just not acceptable to be on your bike and not stop if another biker is stranded.   That code is alive and well in Oklahoma. 

However, we had no clue what was wrong and so we called AAA.  One of the bikers told us that there was a Yamaha dealership at the exit we had just passed.   Hmmm, coincidence?

It is a busy Saturday morning yet the Yamaha dealership  just happened to agree to work on our bike as soon as the truck got it there.  HappenedCoincidenceNo, it was  God who was so all over this.

The problem was our fuel pump had went out.   The dealership didn’t have a fuel pump for our older model Yamaha.  They could have ordered one, maybe it would be in on Tuesday or Wednesday.  This was after all late Saturday morning.   Ah but what they did have was a fantastic mechanic that was able to do  some ‘southern engineering’ and modify a fuel pump they  had on hand.  (They gave us their business card so that the next time someone works on our bike they can call and talk to them to find out just what they did.)

Then the mechanic took it for a test drive and  he noticed that our clutch was slipping.  We would have no trouble on flat land but he knew we were going up into the mountains, that would be a problem.  Yes we got that taken care of too.  The price?  Very reasonable.  I wish they were located around home.

Being stranded on that road, on that day was truly a blessing from God.  Later there would be plenty of wide open spaces where we didn’t see another car or building for miles and miles and where there wasn’t cell phone reception.  Arizona and Utah have a lot of desolate land.

We were back on the road by around 2:30.   By this time it was hot and windy.  “Oklahoma where the wind goes sweeping through the plains.”   True story!  I was very glad to get to Texas.

Little did I know then that Texas was going to prove to be a turning point.

The wind was brutal.   I have a face shield but not a full face helmet.  The wind would catch underneath and whip my head.  It wasn’t just a gust now and then but it was a wall of wind that just didn’t stop.  I made it that first day in Texas.

But……………..

to be continued

til next time

September 1, 2012 Posted by | motorcycle | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments