Since receiving the call to Simple And Mobile Uncluttered Encouraging Living, Ann and I have held firmly to two scripture passages: Psalm 143:8-10, and Isaiah 30:21, which says, “and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: ‘This is the way. Walk in it.‘” We’ve experienced our Lord’s leadership in ways that can be described in terms no less than amazing!
As we were getting started good in Branson we began seeking the Lord about our next assignment. Rich and Johanna, our son and his wife, came to see us in early May. We were calmly visiting in our living room when Rich blurted out, “Johanna’s pregnant!” We immediately knew that our next home would need to be near them. We’ve had too many friends proclaiming the joys of being near their grand kids to miss this cue!
It has been a remarkable journey from that announcement to where we are now, at The Vineyards Campground in Grapevine, only 30 minutes away from Rich and Johanna! We first checked out any work camping opportunities. It didn’t look like anything was available. Next we researched campgrounds, with the understanding that I would have to work somewhere outside the campground. The RV park choices within a 30 minute radius of Richardson, where Rich and Johanna live, were limited, to say the least. I kept searching and eventually found a top-rated campground in Grapevine, but quickly found out that it was out of our price range … way out of our price range. So I just ventured a question, “Do y’all use work campers?” “Yes. You would need to get in touch with our director …”
We entered the application process for one position, but with several applicants. With our limited experience we weren’t too positive about getting the position. So we planned a tour of all the campgrounds that I’d found that had some decent reviews. The tour started at the Vineyards. Oh my gosh! A first-class, beautiful RV Park that is on Lake Grapevine, but only minutes from Bass Pro Shop, The Great Wolf Lodge, and historic downtown Grapevine. We wouldn’t let ourselves get excited about it and pressed on to explore five more “players.” As we sat down to dinner, somewhat disillusioned by the plan “B” choices, I glanced at my phone and noticed an email from the Grapevine campground director. I thought, “oh no, here we go, the ole thanks for applying, but we’ve decided to go with someone else” email.
But that’s not what it said! We were chosen! It is a total God thing! We are here now, getting settled in, ready to begin training! God’s provision goes on and on! We needed a smaller vehicle that got good mileage, and the Lord provided a 2005 Civic Hybrid. That’s a whole other story!
While in Grapevine I hope to have some speaking opportunities. I hope to get to share the message of Simple and Mobile Uncluttered Encouraging Living, including how to get in to work camping. (I am a Concierge for Workamper News.) Ann and I have signed on to be Ambassadors with RV Churches USA. We’ll be busy and blessed as we look forward to the much anticipated arrival of our grandson, Charlie!
All this to say that our God is an awesome leader! I totally recommend living by Isaiah 30:21!