The beginning of November saw a change sees a change of pace for us. Don has just returned from a three day ministry trip in the north west of QLD. Stops at Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Normanton and Mt Isa made sure the days were filled to capacity. Pastors Scott, David and George packed in with Don to visit the churches at the stops. 10 hours of flying in the Saratoga, took them over some rough terrain and it was an enjoyable and enriching trip for all involved.
Some times the ride was a little rough due to the heat and thermal winds but they all managed to hold their lunch.
Our country Australia is rough and rugged and brilliant in colour, especially from the air. Being able to fly is a great blessing and saves many hours on the hot, bumpy and dusty roads.
Normanton church is 3.5 hour to fly by plane from Longreach, or 10-13 hours by car. The aboriginal painting that you can see in the right hand corner is of the last supper. The pastor and his wife cooked Don and the others up a wonderful dinner that night of Mackerel and Barramundi to celebrate the occasion.
This Crocodile statue is a replica of a real crocodile that was shot and killed by a woman in Normanton some years ago. It is 28 feet 4 inches in length and weighed around 2 tonne. Imagine coming across this one while having a dip in the river. Apparently there is one to rival it's size in the river at the moment. Fancy a quick swim anyone?
Don was even able to catch up with his sister Lenita in Mt Isa. It had been over three years since they had seen each other.
And then of course there was little Steele to coo over, the newest addition to our family. 1, 2, 3 awwww.
So here we are doing what we know God called us to do, in a way that is unconventional and not at all how we planned. It is simply marvellous! All of His ways are. It is like we have been given a gift and are still unwrapping it one layer at a time. And each layer of paper that is removed reveals a new blessing, an new gift just for that season.
This Sunday morning was spent at home (a rarity for us) and as I watch my boys play in the warm Longreach weather I see them growing up before my eyes. Just last night we played our first family games of Uno. We no longer have toddlers but little boys who are full of life and love. On Tuesday Sam and I fly to Brisbane for his heart appointment and we go with fresh reassurance of God's goodness to us. A renewed realisation of his greater plan for each of us. I cannot possible ask for more than that.
Less hurry, more linger.
Incidental fun, learning and teaching.
More joy, to chase away the blues.
Meandering with God, enjoying His comfort.