Flatlands USA

During our cross country trek in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, we woke up in our hotel in Denver to sunny, yet chilly 50 degree weather. We stayed in the downtown area and as we drove around, looking for coffee (of course!) we saw people walking their dogs, wearing shorts and hoodies…and masks. The bigger the city, the more Covid-19 cases and the more precautions people are taking.

Our coffee fix for the day was at Teatulia Tea and Coffee Bar, a lovely cafe’ that was selling takeaway coffee and tea, a few food items, toilet paper and other basic grocery items. In talking with the barista, it was interesting how each establishment was handling the pandemic by constantly sanitizing the equipment, wearing masks and gloves, and selling things they never would have before. I ordered a delicious dirty chai latte with oat milk, which turned out to be the perfect fuel for the day ahead.

Our destination for the evening was Kansas City, Kansas, and our drive was straight through the middle of the country. The land was flat, wide open, and pretty boring.

Seeing this wide, open land made me think of the vastness of possibilities we all have in front of us.

Most of the time our lives are full of twists and turns, ups and downs, good and bad times. The flatness of the stretch of Colorado and Kansas through which we travelled allowed us to see all that was around us, and that was comforting to me.

Even when we are trusting God and following where He is leading, we are not promised an easy road ahead. In fact, it is better to take things one day at a time because we don’t know what lies ahead. Jesus tells us, “Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6: 34 TPT

A sense of peace comes over me when I focus on the present moment and don’t allow stress or worry to come into my thoughts. I tend to be more focused, more attentive to what I am doing now, as opposed to thinking about what will happen in the future. When taking a LEAP, like we did in leaving Los Angeles, driving cross country, and following where God is leading us, we choose to take it one day at a time.

Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God says that once you hear from God, you should keep doing the last thing He told you. As you are obedient in this, He will show you more.

This does not mean to sit around and wait. We did what God has instructed us to do, to follow the dream He placed on our hearts and to spend time on the creative projects He has shown us through our production company Project Blackfish.

So, here we are, driving through Flatland USA, to our next destination in the journey…Kansas City. By the time we got to the hotel, we were ready to rest and replenish. Kansas City seemed much like Denver, in that it is a city that has been hard hit by the coronavirus and numerous precautions and protocols were in place to help keep us safe, something we very much appreciated.

It was comforting to have a clean, safe place to sleep that night, knowing that we had travelled almost 1700 miles so far on our cross country trek. I thanked God that night for bringing us that far and for showing me how to trust Him with what is ahead.

I encourage you to do the same.

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