A few days ago, we were all laughing about the return drive from Comitan that had me yelling out the window for the riders in the back of the pickup truck to "Hold on." In the darkness on the back road to Las Margaritas, the speed bumps and other dangerous things were hard to see.
Little did I know, that same day a thousand miles away, on a different back road in Texas my son was encountering a very real and visible danger.
While the two cyclists (Road Warrior for Real Warriors) were outside La Grange on a two lane road, two men drove slowly past them. When they crossed a railroad track the men blasted their horns continuously at them. My son Alec looked back as if to say, "Really, your honking at us out here in the middle of nowhere?"
They called to the RV driver that he needed to turn around (he was about 10 miles ahead). The other cyclist went inside and retrieved the small pistol they had packed for "times such as this." They didn't let the driver know what had happened, they got back on their bikes and rode on.
A few miles down the road, they saw the truck blocking the road. They stopped, and got off their bikes. Lee handed my son the gun and said, "put a bullet in the chamber." Alec did, and then put the weapon in the back pocket of his cycling shirt. They got back on their bikes unsure of what was about to happen, but knowing they were at least protected.
As Alec related to me this morning, they really didn't know if the men saw the gun, or what - but for some reason, they got back in their vehicle and drove away.
As the mother of one of the riders, I praise God for His perfect protection and provision. As the daughter of the King, I know His angels were set as charge over them.
"Evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered His angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble they'll catch you; their JOB is to keep you from falling. You'll walk (or ride bicycles) unharmed..." Psalm 91:11-13 The Message
Thank you for praying without ceasing! Even if you were not consciously praying on Friday - the Holy Spirit was! Those prayers were heard and answered in more ways than we will ever know this side of heaven. They were answered on a back road in Texas just as they were answered on the back roads in Chiapas.
This "event" spurred the cyclists on to speed up and get the journey over with. Last night when I arrived from Mexico, my youngest son picked us up from the airport and told me they had finished their 1200 mile "adventure" and were on their way back to Dallas, a day ahead of schedule.
They were "a day" ahead of the wildfires that have decimated over 650,000 acres in West Texas. They were right on time in God's plan.
"One more thing friends: Pray for us. Pray that the Master's Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you. And pray that we'll be rescued from these scoundrels who are trying to do us in." 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 The Message
It was quite a journey, and had its share of danger. However, it pales by comparison to what the men and women serving in the armed forces face each and every day on foreign soil to fight, defend, and protect freedom. The purpose of a 1200 mile bike ride across Texas was not to show physical strength, prowess or endurance but to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Joni and Friends event next week, and to honor in a small way those affected by the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is still time to show your support of the "Road Warrior for Real Warriors."
Make a donation per mile (1200 miles COMPLETED) or a set gift amount. 100% of the money raised on behalf of Joni and Friends San Antonio Office will be used for the soldiers and their families attending. It will help offset the costs of a family (roughly $2000 per family) or sponsor the trail ride and additional day (approximately $1500) or provide for additional families on the waiting list to attend.
Make checks payable to:
Joni and Friends San Antonio
1370 Pantheon Way
San Antonio, TX 78232
In the Memo write: Road Warrior
Or to make a donation online visit our website:
In the special note section put: Road Warrior
Knowing He is fighting for me!
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