We had our second UCOA meeting at Ernie’s on the Lake, and with the cool weather I thought attendance might be down some, but we had a good crowd. Debbie and i got there early to have lunch, and it seems I am starting to make a habit of having Ernie’s burgers, cause they are quite good. The agenda was pretty normal, with quite a few events announced, including our New Life Rider’s Bug Run that will happen next month on the day before Easter. When I announced it I said Mothers Day, but fortunately someone remind me that Mother’s Day is in May, not April, so I was able to correctly say the day before Easter. I think I need to study my holidays better. Any way, be sure to check the calendar on the UCOA web site for al the coming events.
We had the UCOA meeting this evening, with several new events being announced. It was also especially good that ROT is over, and no one from the community was killed or severely damaged in the process. The anti-profiling protest Saturday came off without a hitch, and it was great to have some out of state visitors here in support. Of course one of the highlights of the meeting was the visit from Senator Kirk Watson in support of the cause. Be sure t check out the UCOA calendar on UCOTexas.org.
Well, we had our UCOA meeting this evening at Texas Mist, and we certainly had a good crowd. There was discussion of events, which you can see at the UCOTexas.org calendar and we got an update on the press conference about motorcycle profiling that happened yesterday at Shamrock Cycles. We also heard that Christian Unity rally/benefit at Hardtails raised an additional $4000 for the Waco Aid. The year is definitely in full swing, with activities happening every weekend.
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?