Last Year on Labor Day we were shown the love of Christ in BIG ways!! It was moving day! The plan was to pull out of Kentucky, on to Ohio for a few days. BUT, our truck broke down on a less than ideal section of interstate just shortly after leaving that morning. When our roadside assistance offered to arrange a tow to a large amenity full campground up the road a little further in the direction we were heading, our oldest son piped up from the backseat “NO! please ask if they will PLEASE take us back to Ms Beth and Mr Eldon’s campground!!” We’d gotten to know the owners of the campground where we’d stayed in Kentucky while visiting Mammoth Cave and he’d enjoyed visiting with them as often as he could. We all had! You can’t help but love them when you meet them! We all agreed we’d rather go back to Cave City, so we called back to see if they had a spot for a few days that we might return to if towed there. They did and they also graciously insisted on one of them coming to get the kids and I from the side of the interstate. This kind act resulted in the totaling of their vehicle, many Dr’s appts, and surgeries still to come. Yet there is never a time this year that an update hasn’t included how the Lord is using the troubles and phrases like “God is good, all the time!” WOW!!
Just as we got settled back into the campground we had an unexpected knock at the door. It was a member of the local congregation that we’d worshipped with (also where the campground owners attend) who had heard of all that had happened and wanted to invite us to his home for a cookout that evening. We’d totally forgotten that it was Labor Day in our exhaustion…we had JUST discussed our dinner plan and decided it was going to have to be a cheese and cracker night…its nearly all we had in the house anyway plus we had zero energy. Instead that night we were welcomed with open arms by their large extended family who refreshed us and gave us so many reasons to laugh and smile.
To the Christians serving at the Cave City church of Christ we THANK YOU!! From the moment we pulled into your parking lot that first Wednesday night we were in town you all showed us love and welcomed us so warmly. To the Johnson family for opening your home to near strangers and to your entire family for making us feel a part and so very welcome…we thank you. To Eldon and Beth….those relatively few days with you guys taught us so much about what day to day Christianity and being filled with the joy from the Lord can look like. Words can never express how thankful we are that we ‘happened’ into your little campground (totally a God thing) that day last August. Mammoth Cave is cool, but the mammoth love, hospitality and kindness we were shown in your neck of the woods far surpass our memories of the cave! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Labor Day holds forever memories and reminders for us to reach out beyond ourselves and find ways to serve others and show Christ!
(Now I just need to hook up the hard drive and pull up happier pictures from that day/night…the one above is the one I posted on my blog just after)