Aurora, New York
I must say that this first week of our trip has been a time of adjustment for me but I can’t believe we’ve already been gone a week. By about Thursday I began to feel slightly homesick and I also felt like we hadn’t been talking to very many people about Mike’s testimony which is the backbone of why we began this trip. I do, however, have an amazing husband who is always able to make me feel better and explain things to me in a way that is always comforting. Mike asked me, “Wouldn’t it be better for us to spend quality time with one person and know we helped rekindle a flame with God between that person and God than to meet hundreds of people for a few seconds and know that what we said to them never really sank in and helped them?” And all of a sudden it made sense to me.
After that conversation with my husband I began to think of my brother-in-law and I’ll explain why. To make a long story short Tom (my brother-in-law) was a very wild child and through a series of events found himself in jail for about a month. In jail he was “radically” saved and found God during that experience. When Tom got out of jail he began preaching to Mike about how he needed to change his life and how he didn’t know what he was missing out on. Eventually what Tom had been preaching to Mike finally wore off on him and through Tom’s misfortune of going to jail he was able to change not only his own life but Mike’s life too. Not only did Tom change his and his brother’s life but he was able to change his wife’s life also. And because Mike’s life was changed through Tom’s life change, my life was inevitably changed as well. What I’m saying is that sometimes it just takes one person to change or help another person to start a domino effect of life changes.
Our society makes us feel as though we need more, more, more.. More money, a bigger house, more popularity, more acquaintances rather than a few real friends, more stuff. All of this will make us happier, more successful, and more loved. But will it really? I think sometimes…most of the time – Less is more – despite what our society says or how they make us feel. So we had a choice. Stay with Marty for more than a day, a man Mike met on his bicycle trip and spent a day with, or leave and drive to Maine and maybe meet more people or maybe not.
Wednesday through Saturday we stayed at a wonderful little town called Aurora, New York with an absolutely wonderful human being and gentleman named Marty. We got to spend a lot of time getting to know Marty and hearing all of his wonderful life stories. I definitely grew to have a soft spot in my heart for Marty as well as his beautiful wife, Lynda. They were adventurous people who had spent a lot there time traveling the world, camping, and biking. During lunch one day a conversation arose and Marty said, “I never really lost my faith in God but I think our faith loses it’s strength sometimes. Seeing and spending time with you guys really excites me though and reminds me not to be so narcissistic of the world. It reminds me that there really are people out there that are still on the right track pursuing God.” I’d like to think that maybe, just maybe we were able to rekindle a flame in his relationship with God and I was reminded of what is really important in this life. To enjoy the little things because one day we may look back and realize they were the big things, to stop and smell the roses, and to really spend quality time with someone-learn who they are, what they’ve gone through, and love them for exactly who they are.
|This is Marty making us the most delicious apple-cinnamon pancakes I’ve ever had.|
Thanks for everything Marty and Lynda! You are absolutely amazing souls and it was a pleasure meeting you both.
Enjoy some pictures of “The Grand Canyon Of The East” – Letchworth State Park where the view takes your breath away and with one glimpse you’re reminded of how great our creator is 🙂
Until Next Time!