Wow! It feels like a major accomplishment to be home. On Tuesday we traveled for an entire day to Iowa as a family. Five kids (ages 2-10) and 2 adults (ages old-enough-to-know-better) in a van and on the road for the entire day.
It actually went really well.
We spent two wonderful (and busy) days in Iowa. We met a lot of great, kind, wonderful people. We were treated to meals (and coffee) by amazing people and lovely families. We also had a chance to continue to build relationships with great people whom we love and deeply appreciate.
I spoke in the morning chapel service for two days at Iowa Mennonite School, met with a group of Pastors on Wednesday afternoon, put on a Worship Team training seminar on Thursday afternoon, and shared music and a message for the Wednesday and Thursday evening service at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.
In the midst of all of this, Jodi and I were able to carve out time for our daily 5k. We were blessed to be able to stay with a beautiful family at their incredible farm house and the kids loved hanging out with the family, as well as riding on the John Deere Gator and playing with the cats.
This morning we woke up early, Jodi and I got our 5k in before the sun came up, and we spent the day in the faithful Ford Transit, slowly making our way through an unbelievable amount of traffic and construction to get back home.
It feels good to be back!
Our early morning 5k ended up being another 3.5 miles at an average pace of 10:05 for a total run time of 35 minutes and 32 seconds. Jodi is getting a lot stronger! It is fun watching her make a commitment and progressively get better along the way. Not every day is better, but that’s not really realistic, anyway. What IS realistic and fun to see is an overall trajectory of improvement.
Along with the 3.1 miles that we have committed to and accomplished this morning, I also read the 3 chapters that we have committed to reading. Today’s reading was Mark 6-8.
A lot of today’s reading was a repeat from Matthew, but from a slightly different perspective. However, the one line that really stuck out to me and I have been chewing on all day (while driving) was Mark 6:3.
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. -Mark 6:3
How sad that those who were closest to Jesus were unable to see him for who he truly was. How sad that they took offense at him.
He was not offering offense. He was offering truth, but the truth was translated in their hearts and minds as an offense. They TOOK offense at him.
I wonder how many times I have been guilty of taking offense when none was being offered. I know that it has certainly happened TO me. On many occasions I have offended people by speaking truth, when being offensive was nowhere near my intention.
Obviously it happened to Jesus, as well, so I guess that means I am in good company…