God continues to show out on our trip! We will tell you how in a bit.
Leaving from Amarillo got us up early and took us across some beautiful country. It is amazing that God has a name for each and every bush, blade of grass, and cloud, no matter how small they are. We arrived in the state of New Mexico so early that all of the kids, except Mackenzie, were still fast asleep.
We decided to stop for gas, although we still had about 3/4 a tank left, since we were not sure how often we would see a gas station. We met a retired Army vet who prepared us for the steep grades and high paths we would be climbing through. He was concerned that we would either have some transmission issues going up or brake issues going down and gave us an alternate route. So, of course, we began to pray that God would give us guidance as to which route to take before we arrived at the choice within the next 45 miles.
Don’t know about anyone else, but God chooses to always make things largely plain for us. About 600 yards in front of us was a fifth wheel trailer that we hoped we could catch up close enough to and follow whatever route they took. As we drove, it did not seem like we would ever catch up, but thankfully before this big climb, there was a rest area that we could stop at that they had pulled off at also.
Before we share the first thing God did, I will share the jist of the conversation we had with them. We asked where he was headed and if he was taking what is called ‘Raton Pass’ up the steep mountain to get there. He was headed to Colorado Springs like us and he was taking the journey up that same mountain. He said he was not worried about the climb and that we shouldn’t be either as our truck could carry much more than we were up that mountain.
If you did not see what we see, let us explain. We bought a Forest River RV as well. This let us know that God had directed our attention to this camper specifically. But where God went over the top was the name of the camper: Cedar Creek. If you have ever written us a letter or visited our house, you would know that we live on Cedar Creek Way. We were so sure that God had purposely placed these travelers in front of us as an answered prayer. To God be the Praise!
Once we arrived in Colorado Springs, our site was right beside another Georgian. No doubt, we (and that means William) had to start a conversation with them when they returned to their site. Kelly noticed that they were from a small town, called Cave Springs, in north GA. Once they arrived, the first question we asked was if they knew friends of ours that lived there, S. and L. Watson. Not only did they know them, it was their sister and brother-in-law. Hello! Can you say, “small world”?!? It’s amazing how God will bring you through a mountain and then send you confirmation that He kept you when you got over it.
For dinner, our good friends and William’s mentor Chuck and Sandy drove out to come eat dinner with us. What a time of fellowship and encouragement it was to spend time with them. It has seemed like forever since we were around someone we know so it was really nice to have a meal with them.
Thank you for continuing to pray for us! Colorado was a concern for us when it comes to pulling the RV through the mountains. #THOMAS6TRAVELS #48STATESOVER48DATES