Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Soggy Retreat

Behold, a great and strong wind came and tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind came an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.

And after the fire, a still small voice.

Sometimes you just have to go camping.

At least, that's my motto.

The weatherman saith: scattered thunder- storms on Saturday, more thunderstorms on Sunday. But then, what does the weatherman know?

Sometimes you just have to go camping.

Besides, it was time to take Freddie and Van on retreat, to break from the frenetic rhythm of the camp, and to find a quiet place to listen for God.

And we each asked the Lord, "What am I doing here?"

And the Lord in a still small voice answered each of us.

And in reverse order from Elijah, then we had the thunder and the lightning and the wind. But we didn't notice any rocks being broken, nor did we notice an earthquake.

We did, however, notice the puddles inside our tents, and the wet sleeping bags and the soggy clothes. Saturday night's rain cancelled the steak, which had to be deferred to Steak and Eggs in the morning.

We also noticed the dead battery in the car. I had tried to entice Steve to come along with us, and thought the dead battery would lure him. But it was James to the rescue. Once the car was running again, we took a side trip to the flowered trail beside POW camp, then headed for Camp Avenue in Gulfport.

While we were getting our visitation at Bigfoot Camp, the folks back home also had a visitation. When the thunderstorm passed through, it was accompanied by a pretty significant waterspout just offshore of God's Katrina Kitchen.

REPORT: The Move is On?

In the meantime, the camp had been hearing mixed reactions from the councilmen of Long Beach about the impending invasion by God's Katrina Kitchen. But on Monday when the mayor returned to town, he invited WLOX TV to join him and the camp leadership and Pastor Larry of the church that invited us onto their property. Pastor Larry's impassioned speech was carried on the 10:00 news, along with the mayor's statement that he was not opposed to GKK coming to Long Beach.

Today, Tuesday July 17, at 5:00 the Long Beach city council will meet to consider whether to welcome GKK to their city, and what kinds of conditions they may wish to impose on us.

Today we are in prayer.

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