It’s Time…

It’s time…I kissed him gently on his age-softened forehead and said “I have to go now”…Being half asleep he did not protest the kiss or acknowledge the leave-taking.  In my pocket I held his speckled river rock, the one he’d brought to show me this morning along with a miniature machine like the ones he used to operate…I’ll put it with the unique flat skipping rock he gifted me another year… Dad likes rocks, and trucks still…but has lost the significance of good-byes. 
It’s a frosty bright morning, 15F (-10C), the clear weather has held.  It’s time to fly away and trust to God the ones that stay behind to brave another Alaska winter.
The hours elapse quickly engaged in conversation with a new friend and surrounded by such beauty…
P1030763  This God of ours that caused mountains to rise, promises to move them too in response to faith…
We’re counting on it!
As the mountains [are] round about Jerusalem, so the LORD [is] round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Ps.125:2

Rugged New Territory

This awesome and rugged wilderness stretches as far as the eye can see as I descend to Alaska…
…home to two once rugged individuals with dreams of setting up housekeeping in this wilderness. I know them as Mom & Dad, still as tenacious as ever to live out their dream, but not quite so rugged…
The Alaskan wilderness is wool-gathering in anticipation of winter…
The sun, though bright, is lower in the sky now, the days shortening…
Wilderness lies at the end of any given road here. One must know the way and be prepared…
I have not been this way before…Will we be lost? Unfamiliar trails these, on the edge of vast expanses…
How glad I am that the Lord is my shepherd.  He knows the way we take…and goes the way before. 
And He leads the way when the cry of the heart is: “I just wanna’ go home…”  Sometimes that’s the only road one needs to know…
P1030679  The one who said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” leads us each along this road of life—and we are indeed homeward bound.
Thanks for your prayers as I tread in new territory, both literally and figuratively!
Even the chickadee trusts in God’s Providence. Though worth but a penny, not one shall fall apart from His notice. (Mt.10:29) We’re in good hands!