Fire and ice

Hi All! What a crazy weekend this has been…

It began with a 42 hour trip from my home in Moorpark to the folks I was going to hang out with over the weekend in Springfield, Missouri. In that amount of time I could have flown to Australia and back and to Australia again. But an ice and snow storm swept through Missouri and surrounding states as I arrived in Denver on my flight to St. Louis. I spent all day Thursday at the airport seeing if any flights were going to get in to St. Louis. None did that night.

Fortunately I remembered that a family had called me what I thought was a few months ago, saying they’d love to meet me, that they lived 10 minutes from Denver airport, and I could have a bed there any time if I got stranded in Denver. So I called them. It turns out that they had offered that a couple of years before, but they still remembered who I was and invited me over for the evening. They picked me up at the airport and returned me there the next morning. We had a great time sharing our lives together and discovering yet more splendor in this incredible family that is the church.

On Friday my 8:30 flight for St Louis didn’t get airborne until noon. I arrived at 2:o0 to a mess. They didn’t have people to get the baggage or help park the plane. What a mess. Fortunately my bag was already there from an earlier flight so I grabbed it and went out to meet my ride to Springfield. It’s normally about a three-hour drive and I was trying to get there for a 7:00 meeting.

If you have never seen the effects of an ice storm, you have truly missed one of the wonders of the world. It does make a mess for travel, but the beauty of ice-encased trees make it look like crystal forests, especially with the sun shinning through the backside of the trees. At one point in our travels the sun at its final moment of setting shot some orange rays through the trees we were driving near in the approaching twilight. The trees lit up like they had been decorated with orange lights at the tip of every branch. I had never seen anything like it. We just marveled at it for the 45 seconds or so that those circumstances converged. Truely, truely awesome!

Unfortunately I-44 to Springfield was a parking lot, due to the ice and snow conditions and a multiplicity of accidents. At 8:00 at night we got trapped behind an accident that closed the freeway for nearly 2 hours. Of course we didn’t know why it was closed, but we sat in our car in sub zero temperatures with an ever-lowering fuel gauge, thinking we might be spending the night on the freeway. It was hilarious discussing the possibilities. But the traffic finally got moving and we arrived in Springfield at 12:15 on Saturday morning, 42 hours after I left my home in Moorpark.

But the folks were gracious and we had a great time through the weeknd. If you want to read someone else’s take on our time togther and see pictures, you can check out a series of entries on Rob’s blog, one of my hosts for the weekend… Sunday afternoon we headed back north to St. Lous where we met with the group i was supposed to have met with on Thursday night when I was stranded in Denver.

I also got a call from Sara yesterday about the wildfires in my hometown of Moorpark, CA. I also got a number of emails from people check on us to see if we were in danger from the fire. There are three fires burning in and around Moorpark fanned by 75 mile per hour winds. Our home doesn’t seem to be in any immediate danger. The fires are all west of us at this point and the wind is blowing to the west. One fire, however, is less than half a mile from our home, but it is also west of us and not likely to move our direction. But it is a bit unnerving for Sara being home alone. I fly home tomorrow to see what’s going on. But as of now all is well, though Sara has gathered up our irreplaceable things and put them in her car, just in case…

One last thing. I had some kind of computer glitch here that erased all my inbound email from Sunday. So if you wrote me yesterday, I did read your emails, but I no longer have them and cannot respond. I am so sorry. If you will resend your email, I will get back to you…

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  1. rob horton December 4, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    Wayne – thanks again for coming – we all had a great time and God really did some cool things. You are a blessing!

    Looking forward to seeing you again some day – I still owe you a trip to Lamberts.

    Later,
    Rob

  2. Fran December 4, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Two years ago in Portland, OR we had an ice storm just like that—3-4 inches of ice on everything, including the roadways. It simplifies life greatly since there isn’t a lot to be done except go to work, come home, eat , sleep, and try again tomorrow. Fewer meetings and events since no one can get around easily. I wouldn’t want to live with ice everyday but for a short period of time, it was easy to see what the important things were.

  3. rob horton December 4, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Wayne – thanks again for coming – we all had a great time and God really did some cool things. You are a blessing!

    Looking forward to seeing you again some day – I still owe you a trip to Lamberts.

    Later,
    Rob

  4. Fran December 4, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    Two years ago in Portland, OR we had an ice storm just like that—3-4 inches of ice on everything, including the roadways. It simplifies life greatly since there isn’t a lot to be done except go to work, come home, eat , sleep, and try again tomorrow. Fewer meetings and events since no one can get around easily. I wouldn’t want to live with ice everyday but for a short period of time, it was easy to see what the important things were.

  5. Theresa December 4, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the reminder why we no longer live in Montana. LOL.

    And Wayne—if you ever get stranded in Nashville—The lights and coffee are always on in our home.

  6. barry linville December 4, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Wayne,

    Thanks for coming! Father showed Sherry and I some extremely revealing things Saturday night as we sat in the back in the shadows. Know that He used you to live out and model a wonderful example of wisdom and caring.

    Keep the Son in your eyes,
    Barry

  7. Theresa December 4, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the reminder why we no longer live in Montana. LOL.

    And Wayne—if you ever get stranded in Nashville—The lights and coffee are always on in our home.

  8. barry linville December 4, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    Wayne,

    Thanks for coming! Father showed Sherry and I some extremely revealing things Saturday night as we sat in the back in the shadows. Know that He used you to live out and model a wonderful example of wisdom and caring.

    Keep the Son in your eyes,
    Barry

  9. Evan December 5, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Wayne, I greatly enjoyed meeting with you and Kent and the “freedom support group” in Springfield. I posted some notes from the trip on my blog last night. God showed me so much inside and outside our discussions. I didn’t know what to expect, traveling in hazardous weather to gather with people I had never met in person before, but God greatly exceeded my expectations. I’m thinking about getting back to visit the group in 2007, when the weather improves.

    I sensed God showing me that it’s time for me to let go of the dock and start out on a journey in the kayak, even though I don’t know what it’s like to be in a kayak. Yes, I still remember that God’s got more windows than I’ve got baseballs.

    Evan

  10. Brent Davis December 5, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Wayne,
    Thank you for spending the weekend with us. My family and I enjoyed our time with you on Sunday very much. We also enjoyed getting to know other brothers and sisters in the area who are on a similar journey.

    The thing that became the most clear to me over the weekend was that God does not expect me to get it right. Performance is a trap that God does not intend us to fall for. Yet, everything I have been doing up to this point is performance-based. Anyway, I wrote out my thoughts a little more on my blog if you care to read them. http://www.brentdavis.blogspot.com

    Blessings to you and your family. I hope our paths will cross again sometime this side of heaven.

    Your Brother,
    Brent

  11. Evan December 5, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Wayne, I greatly enjoyed meeting with you and Kent and the “freedom support group” in Springfield. I posted some notes from the trip on my blog last night. God showed me so much inside and outside our discussions. I didn’t know what to expect, traveling in hazardous weather to gather with people I had never met in person before, but God greatly exceeded my expectations. I’m thinking about getting back to visit the group in 2007, when the weather improves.

    I sensed God showing me that it’s time for me to let go of the dock and start out on a journey in the kayak, even though I don’t know what it’s like to be in a kayak. Yes, I still remember that God’s got more windows than I’ve got baseballs.

    Evan

  12. Brent Davis December 5, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Wayne,
    Thank you for spending the weekend with us. My family and I enjoyed our time with you on Sunday very much. We also enjoyed getting to know other brothers and sisters in the area who are on a similar journey.

    The thing that became the most clear to me over the weekend was that God does not expect me to get it right. Performance is a trap that God does not intend us to fall for. Yet, everything I have been doing up to this point is performance-based. Anyway, I wrote out my thoughts a little more on my blog if you care to read them. http://www.brentdavis.blogspot.com

    Blessings to you and your family. I hope our paths will cross again sometime this side of heaven.

    Your Brother,
    Brent

  13. Rethinking Everything March 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    The journey to Springfield…

    I traveled this weekend to meet with Wayne Jacobsen and a group of people learning how to live in Christ together near Springfield, MO.
    A winter storm passed through Missouri to make the travel exciting in a dangerous way. My area received 7-9 inches …

  14. Rethinking Everything March 24, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    The journey to Springfield…

    I traveled this weekend to meet with Wayne Jacobsen and a group of people learning how to live in Christ together near Springfield, MO.
    A winter storm passed through Missouri to make the travel exciting in a dangerous way. My area received 7-9 inches …

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