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GPS

October 28, 2014
 
GPS
 
    When planning the route to Rincon and Maranatha this year, I pulled up the MapSource software and looked over potential routes. After a short while an apparent route came into view, so the plotting began. We would begin at the intersection of GA 85 and Hwy 16 outside Senoia, travel east on 16 to Eatanton, south on 441, SE to Sandersville, Wadley, Midville, Millen, then embrace #21 all the way to our hotel for the night.
    Randy pulled up a potential eating spot (these GPS's are great, aren't they) in Sandersville, but alas, it was closed. A fine citizen named Blue directed us around the corner and down the block to a Moo Cow Biker type of buffet which was enjoyed by all. Thank you Blue.
    Upon arrival at the Wyndam, we were greeted by the same clerk from last year. Hopefully, Dave's video of the various types of mmmmmoooooooooos turned out good and you will see it.
    The GPS had been programmed to the hotel, then to Maranatha, so we arrived without a single u-turn. The Low Country Boil was outstanding, the fellowship was outstanding, and it was all topped off with singing of old hymns---no praise songs, hymns. Praise the Lord.
    Sunday morning found us back at Maranatha for church services. David did not hold back in preaching the Word this year. The sermon focused on hearing God's voice when we seek it. It is usually a "still small voice." All congregations have those who are hurting (as in regular life) and a special calling was put forth. Some came forward and all were ministered to.
    Well, time to head back to the barn. The Garmin has a feature of reversing routes. Ideally, we would return on the same path. Wouldn't you just know it. Reverse did a pretty good job, with a few exceptions in the Sandersville area. We took some off the beaten path streets in town, then rode a few extra miles due to inaccurate routing. But, the GPS did get us back on track and back home.
    One can compare the inaccurate tabs on the GPS routes to our own inaccurate choices in life and how those bad choices can result in horrible consequences. When we make a wrong turn on the bikes, the GPS will give us a "rerouting" statement and show directions to "get back on track."
    When we make wrong choices in life, there is no immediate "rerouting" voice to gain our attention. We may wander aimlessly for long periods of time. That's one reason we have the Bible. It is our GPS for routing and makes no mistakes.
    The Bible is not "new and improved" every few years. Yes, there are new versions, but the intent is the same. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things come into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." John 1:1-3.
    Put your trust in Him. He never fails. His route is perfect, without deviation.
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow

Are You Alert?

October 19, 2014
 
Are You Alert?
 
    I posted on Facebook recently that Jackie and I took a 210 mile lunch ride. That is not far compared to riding to Montana for dinner, but still, it is far compared to the hurried take out lunches I had in the office between appointments.
    Friday, we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day to ride. Fall is realized with the cooler temperatures and the changing of the leaves. People seem to be taking the season in and are more relaxed----as long as you get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
    No matter how great the weather is, us bikers must always stay alert. This time of year, one must watch out for gathered leaves in the road. Early morning means that moisture has accumulated in the piles and that accumulation can cause havoc to a motorcycle. Animals seem to be on the move more so than normal. Maybe they are finding that special spot to hibernate for the winter. Maybe they are just enjoying the cooler temperatures. Who knows?
    If the sun is to your back, be on alert for those vehicles meeting you along the road. When the angle of the sun is just right, the driver of that vehicle can not see anything in the road through the windshield, much less a motorcycle approaching.
    It's dangerous out there. Remember our slogan: it pays to pay attention. Increase your chances of survival by paying attention.
    Even though I have always unwound and relaxed riding the bike, I have also focused on the machine and the environment. Riding is a different, but welcomed, form of relaxation and focus.
    Do you ever stop and think about your activeness to God? Do you just call on Him in time of need, or do you focus on Him 24/7/365? We are God's creation and He watches out for us all the time.Yes,we pray at meetings, and we pray before each ride. We pray for His protection, for safety, for sharp minds, for safety from those who are around us in vehicles. God is Spirit, so we can't see Him, Holy Spirit is Spirit, so we can't see Spirit, but Spirit is with us all the time. We can see the result of God's protection all the time.
    Acknowledged, we "don't always get what we want, but if we pay attention, we will see that we do always get what we need." One does not like thinking of death, but sometimes, what God desires is death. God teaches lessons in many ways. Just as we practice safety and U-turns, we should do a better job of practicing being close to God all day, every day. I submit: try it, you will like it. God will like it. I'm working on it.
 
Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow

Happenings and Peace

October 12, 2014
 
Happenings and Peace
 
    Such is the life of a "not so retired" attorney.
    Cheryl's new adventure of helping others resulted in her being away from Booger Bottom parts of the day and evening all of last week. She has been assisting a retiree who has the drive of a 40 year old, but who, unfortunately, has the body of many breaks and cracks of an "elder" person. The good news of this is that when she gets home, she has many new experiences to share with a smile on her face.
    Our daughter, Katie, continues her indoctrination of "Corporate America," so she is exhausted when she comes in. We don't like the late night departures from Buckhead as the evil doers of America lurk in the dark. So far, so good. She carries mace and has a carry permit. She has a great business mind and great work ethic and, at the same time, has struggles with dealing with corporate structure. Sounds familiar.
    I had client dealings this week, which is good. I have always enjoyed the person to person interaction of the law practice. One would think that the frustration of expectations of others would fade over time. This lawyer still has problems with that. "Why don't people just do right?" My Dad used to say that, as have many others. We know the answer, so we just deal with it.
    Today the in-laws' family gathers to agonize over the death of one who died a tragic death. The young man left two children under the age of 10 who will grow up without a Dad and with financial insecurity. Not a new story, but one that must be dealt with. And then, we don't know what God has in mind.
    Thursday was an exception to the rule. You know that Jackie and I ride on Thursdays rather consistently. We frequent BBQ joints faithfully. This week, Jackie asked a couple to join us and Billie joined in on the fun too. Brent and Lane, Jackie and Billie, and Lone Wolf John headed south on Ga. 85 to Columbus. Four Harleys thundering down the highway making wonderful music. "Oh, what a relief it is." We accomplished our luncheon destination in the River Walk section of Columbus. It's a former bus station with an old bus sitting outside. One can have lunch in the bus if that is the desire. The brisket platter is recommended, as is the lemon meringue pie--made daily with 3 inch meringue on top. We topped the venture off by just sitting and talking for an extra hour.
    Did you know that a very loud siren goes off around 4:00 PM each day in Columbus. It's purpose is to warn those on the river that water is being released from upstream. We saw the water begin to rise, but did not stay for the completion. It's all part of the production of electricity.
    Wednesday was a bonus too as Katie accompanied me to Zebulon and lunch. Both of our children rode with me when they were young and it seems that Katie took to the adventure rather well. Possibly, you saw a "selfie" of us on the bike earlier this week.
    We Moo Cow Bikers have goals other than just riding. We desire to ride safely, ride often, and we desire to reach out to others and help when we can. We have daily issues to address and those issues change with age and time. As stated previously, a goal of Good Sunday Morning has always been to share the word of Jesus Christ with the Herd.
    In our daily lives, we will be well served by remembering these words: "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land." Psalm 37: 7-9
    Breathe deeply the words God, through his servant David, and be blessed.
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow