Our plan was to follow along behind the chapter on the ride out to Rockdale this morning on the way to lunch at Lee’s Landing. Before heading over to see the chapter at HEB, we stopped at McDonalds and encounters a group bikers from Fallen Saints MC, headed down to a COC&I meeting in San Antonio. We had a nice talk for a few minutes, and then Debbie prayed over them for safety on their ride. We headed over to get breakfast and drove out to HEB to meet the rest of our group. Several members of the Georgetown CMA chapter (Holy Ghost Riders) met us as well, and after putting some air in one members tires, we prayed and headed out the back way to Rockdale. We stopped somewhere about half way for a “break”, and Louis got to minister to a Quick Stop employee by performing some much needed plumbing. Thank you Louis! After getting back on the road, we managed to catch a train at just the right time for another pause, then it was on to Rockdale and Lee’s Landing for some much needed lunch. After lunch, everyone headed back, but Debbie and I stopped at the local antique mall for some browsing and a few artsy photos.
We had the UCOA meeting this evening, and we had lots of people there. As is to be expected, there were a lot of announcements about events coming up next month, so be sure to go to the UCOA calendar at the UCOA web site; http://www.ucotexas.org/Austin.html. Of particular note is the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt that will happen the morning of the Bunny Run. It will be March 20th, starting at 10AM at Patterson Neighborhood Park, 4200 Brookview Road, Austin, 78722. After the egg hunt, the 26th Annual Bunny Run will be down the road at Texas Mist starting at noon. All the clubs are asked to support the Easter Egg Hunt by providing 1-2 dozen plastic legs filled with candy (no peanut butter anything please). Contact me for details of where to drop off the eggs if you didn’t get it at the meeting.
I wonder sometimes if I fully rely on God for my safety, protection, and salvation in the midst of the turmoil I find myself in, be it in life, work, or even as it relates to Waco. It is pretty easy for me to say I trust in God, but then go off and do what I want. It is my desire that fully trust Him, but somehow I find it very easy to just jump in and takeover. Fortunately, I am learning how to listen to God.
I’ll give you an example. Sunday morning, Debbie and I stopped in at McDonalds for breakfast before heading off to church. As we were in line, there was a homeless man in front of us ordering coffee. Debbie nudged me and said we should buy him breakfast. I said Go for it, and let her get in front of me. She asked if we could buy him breakfast, and he said; “Oh, no, I’m fine, I’m just getting coffee while I wait for my ride to church in a few minutes”. Debbie was stunned that someone would turn down a free breakfast. Then he offered us a discount card for breakfast at IHOP where he said we could get some “real food”. We declined, but assured him that we did regularly go to IHOP. He got his coffee, and said “God bless you” and walked away.
After we got our breakfast and went over to a table to eat, it occurred to me that I could have given him one of my books, so I headed out to the car figuring I could probably find him before his friend picked him up. As I reached into my trunk for a book, something in my head said “get two books”. I paused for amount and said to myself why would I want to get two? Then it occurred to me that I should listen to that first voice, so I picked up two books and head back inside.
I found the same man back at the counter getting a refill on his coffee and as he finished I walked over to him and mentioned I was a chaplain with the biker community and I would like to give him one of my books. He gladly accepted it and headed off to catch his ride.
As I headed back to our table, I noticed there was another homeless man sitting at a corner table. He got up as if to leave so I walked over to him and asked if I could buy him breakfast. He said; “oh, no, he may be homeless, but he does have a job”. He then pulled a wad of cash out of his pocket to prove the fact. We had a nice talk, and when I offered him one of my books, he accepted it gladly. Later before we left I saw him reading it.
So, clearly Sunday morning was filled with miracles. Two homeless men turned down free food, I gave away two books, and I learned another lesson from God in how to listen for Him in my head. Oh, and I was incredibly bless in the process.
It is amazing to be used by God. I’m listening for that little nudge, are you?
We attended the TMRA general membership meeting at the VFW this morning. Everything starts out with Don presenting the Sunday music and service at 10am, followed at 10:30 by the meeting. It was nice to see that TMRA is getting some additional support, particularly in Area F, our area. The Gypsys have stepped up, and we have a new Area VP, now held by Gypsy Neon. We should be having a local area F meeting in a month or so,. Y’all come on out and support TMRA.
We had out Christian Unity meeting this evening at the usual location, on the usual night (every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm). We had a good group, and we discussed the Christian Unity Rally coming up on April 29th at Hardtails in Georgetown from 1pm to 6pm. Brisket plates will be sold to raise additional funds for Shield of Faith that is being used exclusively to help the families that are struggling to recover from the tragedy in Waco on May 17th of last year. So far over $40,000 has been donated to help about 100 families with food, housing and utility expenses. Unfortunately it isn’t over yet, and won’t be over for a long time, so additional funds are needed. Be sure to come out to support this worthy cause. More details will be distributed as they become available.