Once upon a time the Lord gave the Tribe of Judah a bus. If you don’t know the story, ask me sometime. It’s an awesome story. For the time being, let’s just say we have been blessed as a Tribe to have this bus, and have enjoyed the many adventures this last year has brought us.
In the last year, the Millenial Falcon2–now with wings–has seen the Tribe of Judah to 28 different states. From historical sites like MT. Rushmore to both ocean coasts in three months time, our littlest little has lived on the Falcon more then she’s lived at home.
The beginning of this summer trip found us at Cornerstone Music Festival with our bus parked in a bit of a thoroughfare area. It became difficult to walk off the bus without someone asking questions about our road life and ministry. I left Cornerstone thrilled to be on the road.
Which is interesting, because on the way home we began to see the issues with the bus. The three weeks that followed have brought us a bad sensor in the engine, a broken fuel line, not once but twice, and finally the news we really didn’t want to hear, the need for an engine rebuild. In bus miles, the Millenial Falcon2–now with wings, should in no way need a rebuild. But in recent diagnostics, we found out that prior to the bus being in our possession it had idled for extreme amounts of time. We’re talking like years solid (16,000 hours worth!). Being from the frozen north that we are, it makes sense. If I had a bus in the winter I would keep it on too. And she’s a transit bus. It all makes sense.
In an attempt to find our way home, a last journey of sorts in the bus, it became clear that the Millenial Falcon couldn’t even make it that far. We stopped 2 exits up, found ourselves at a McDonalds and sat before turning around to make the decisions Josh and I really didn’t want to make. It’s time to say goodbye to the Millennial Falcon2–now with wings.
Today we are purchasing totes for gear at Target and stripping the Falcon of the memories we’ve made over the last year. If all goes well, the Tribe will be rescued from Minnesota and on our way home tonight.
It is hard to say good-bye to the Falcon. Really hard.
Though we know that, it was never the bus that brought us these memories but God alone. And we do look forward to what is ahead for the Tribe. We are unsure of the future, whether it be travel, finding ourselves enhancing the work at home as HeBrews gets up and running again, or something completely unthought of. Our lives, relying on the Lord, are truly “Always An Adventure” and I thank God for that.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then, death works in us, but life in you.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-12