The Secular Road Turned Spiritual
A spiritual being
That will wake you
up!† Going up I-81 toward
Staunton and Strasburg, VA, sleep was not a problem after the
experience.† I was flooded with the
love of God and His desire to see the choir succeed.† My heart was surging at 70 mph.
I have often
reflected back on the experience.†
I was glad that first, the end result was not what it could have
been and, second, that I would never want to put God in that position again.
God is with us and
He will protect His children, but as was the case with Jesus in the
temptation experience, you do not want to tempt the Lord your God
directly or indirectly.
I have often reflected back on some of the kids
that were with us on the choir tour.†
Not to mention the staff members who were already serving God at
Robert, the leader
of the choir and minister of music, went on to Lifeway,
the SBC Sunday School Board in Nashville, to work with the Southern
ministers went on to become full time ministers in local churches.† Staff members were already committed,
but it was the kids that were of most interest to me.† I just knew that based on what God
did, that there were some very special people who would go on to
accomplish great things in His kingdom.
Some of the boys did
go into full time ministry to become youth ministers, mission
ministers, pastors, and evangelists.†
Some of the girls entered the music ministry doing solo
work.† God had gifted them with
great music talent.
This is not to imply that the kids were saved on
the coach just because God was going to use a few of them in the
ministry.† All the kids were
important to Him whether they became lawyers, doctors, factory workers,
or as in my case a part time charter bus driver.
Coming from a ministry
position, however, I had a particular interest in the ones that entered
the ministry.† Probably the
greatest surprise for me to see someone on the coach go into full time
ministry was my little hyperactive 10 year old, Mark.
He and his future
wife, Liz, worked with the youth at First Euless.† Then Mark worked with me in the
ministry for a short time while attending a junior college in Humble,
Mark and Liz got
married at First Euless while serving there.† She had already received her degree
and worked while Mark continued his education.† She attended seminary working on her
Masterís in Religious Education.
Later she and Mark
were recruited by Campus Crusade in Orlando, FL and they moved to
Florida.† They started their
family with their first daughter.†
Autumn was born in Florida.†
After a few years, they moved back to Texas for Mark to attend
junior college again.† While in
Texas, Jude, their son was born.
Mark and Liz again
took their family to Orlando, FL to join Campus Crusade.† It was there that they got involved
with a local church.† As a
natural progression of ministry, Mark and Liz went to Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil on a mission trip with the church.
Their hearts were touched with the work in Brazil
and they volunteered for full time ministry as evangelists to
Brazil.† They gathered up their
little family and moved to Rio de Janeiro.† While serving there they had their
third child, Isabella.
Carol and I had
mixed emotions about them going to Brazil for obvious reasons.† We wanted to be near them and to see
our grandkids grow up.
We were afraid they
would come back and not know us, or they would be speaking
Portuguese.† We were afraid they
would not be comfortable in the states.
Plus they were 5,000
miles from us.† It was not like
driving across town to visit with them but many months would have to go
into the planning if we could indeed visit with them.
Looking back at the
kids on the coach including Mark, I was so convinced that God was going
to use all of these young people.†
It never occurred that He was protecting me as well.† Thank God we were not circumvented
from His purpose by finding ourselves scattered across a ravine on the
side of I-81 in Virginia.
With the sun coming
up and turning the darkness into light, it became easier to drive.† We turned east at Strasburg toward
Alexandria.† Prior to leaving
Strasburg, we stopped for breakfast for the choir.
I chose to stay with the coach and got an hour of
sleep while the choir had breakfast.†
I moved back to the first row of seats and curled over and went
It has been said
that you can power nap by remaining in the driverís seat.† You lay your arms over the steering
wheel and placing your head on your arms.
encourage their drivers to power nap this way.† The circulation is cut off to your
arms within 20 minutes and it will awaken you.
The driverís seat,
however, is your place of work.†
You never want your body to confuse your place of work as a
place to sleep.† It is better to
always remove yourself from the driverís seat for sleeping or power
Robert went with the
choir for breakfast.† While at
breakfast, he called ahead and made arrangements with a local motel in
the Alexandria area for the choir to take showers.† They would need to prepare for the
The boys let me take
my shower first when we arrived at the motel.† Afterwards I went to sleep while they
took their showers.† For rowdy boys,
they were quiet in the room.† It
could be they were respecting my need for sleep.
Everyone got their
showers.† The girls got their
hair fixed.† The choir was ready
to travel within 3 hours.† I had
gotten a sufficient amount of sleep and I was ready to get the choir to
the church for the choir presentation that evening.
We did have an unusual event on the church
parking lot.† We had a girl that
was shy and easily embarrassed on the coach.† She waited until everyone had
unloaded to use the restroom facilities.
Earlier she had
inquired from one of the girls how to flush the system not knowing it
was a drop system.† One of the
girls thought it would be a good prank to tell her to pull the valve
that was behind the commode.
That valve was for
me to clean the system by dumping the holding tank.† It was not to flush the system.† So when she was finished, she pulled
It dumped the entire
system on the church parking lot.†
We had to hustle with water hoses to get the parking lot
cleaned.† People were starting to
arrive.† There is never a dull
moment for senior high choir trips.
The kids were
assigned with the church families after the choir presentation and
Carol and I along with Mark went to the motel for the evening.† Needless to say, I was gone as soon
as my head hit the pillow.† I had
even tried to thank God for the protecting us, but was not sure I had
finished with the prayer before falling to sleep.