my search to understand the bigger picture

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More time at Kickapoo

Went back out to Kickapoo State Park Sunday after church with a friend of mine, Derek Ely. We had a great time running the snow covered trails, getting in a little over 5 miles. It was pretty tough to run in, as the top snow was pretty soft. We had a great time of enjoying the beautiful outdoors, enjoyed working hard through the snow, and shared some great conversation. Above is a video of a pretty steep hill we had to literally slide down; fun stuff!

Here's another video towards the end of our time in the park. It explains why we were found running on the road out of the park.

So yes, my truck got stuck, and we had to call Emily to come pick us up. Pretty interesting adventure to say the least. Monday I called the park office and also emailed them alerting them to the situation. Well, today I got a visit from a Conservation Officer inquiring about my truck. He did his job by stressing the importance of the situation and that I should have informed the State police or county sheriff when I didn't get a response from the park. Oops! My bad. Never thought of contacting them. Thankfully he didn't have my truck towed, so we have to head out early tomorrow morning to retrieve it. Good times.

Remember, whenever you step out the door, and decide to put one foot in front of the other, especially on the trails, you never know what will happen. While some parts of this really ticked me off, at the end of the day I just had to sit back and laugh. I wonder if God is using this to teach me to have more of a sense of humor concerning myself. That's something I know I need to work on, loosening up when thinking about myself.

We are some pretty interesting characters aren't we? I mean, some of the stuff that happens to us is just hilarious. And that makes me grateful for where I live. I mean, sometimes I get worked up about the smallest of things, and there are countless millions in the rest of the world that would love to have problems like that. You know what I'm talking about.

We all share frustrations with jobs. Shoot, isn't it great to simply have a job? Sure it's nice to enjoy your work, but there will be days when it isn't fun. So what. I mean really. I wish I was better at thanking God for my 2 jobs every time I started to get frustrated. I just need to learn to be thankful. I'm sure many would trade places with me in a heartbeat.

So, when stuff happens, all you can keep doing is put one foot in front of the other. Keep moving forward expecting positive things to happen. I'm really loving learning to pray God's scriptures when tough times pop up lately. Isaiah 42:16 is a constant for me these days. Check it out in The Message.

Well, I'm off for now. Looking forward to more adventures as I step out the door today.....


  1. Good stuff. We could all stand to step back and laugh at ourselves from time to time.

  2. man did i get a chance to practice this tonight at work. can't share in public. if i remember i'll email you tomorrow. it's a doozy!