Aspen, Colorado

Tracey and I are in Aspen, Colorado this weekend celebrating her 52nd birthday.

Our plan is for her to fly back on Tuesday, April 4 (someone has to be there for Jackson) and I will stay here until April 12 working on the final few chapters of the book. Personally, I can’t think of a better place to write than in the beautiful majestic mountains. Even Jesus went to the mountains to pray.

Interesting, since arriving in Aspen on Friday afternoon, all we have done is sleep.

Last Wednesday was my 72nd round of chemotherapy. In an effort to squeeze the most out of this weekend Tracey and I scheduled a flight to depart Nashville at 5:45am on Thursday.

The night prior to departing we had a lot to accomplish and we both got only around 3 hours of sleep. Upon arrival, in Denver, we had breakfast with Nanci Ricks, President – Empart USA. Following this meal, we headed to Michelle and Jeff Spadafora’s home where we napped and enjoyed a dinner with some of their closest friends.

This dinner was full of deep discussion and sharing from the heart. Our new friends Eileen and Jeff shared of how their lives have changed since losing their house to a fire this past Christmas. They literally emerged with nothing more than their lives. They didn’t even have shoes when they escaped.

This experience, for them, was a reset. It has forced them to wrestle with the question, what is really important? Why are we still here? How can we come alongside God in order to accomplish his purpose and plan for our lives?

Interesting, the questions they are asking and the stance they have taken isn’t far from where Tracey and I have landed with our challenge. I am fully convinced of the truth found in Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Do we really believe this? ALL things work together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose?

How about if…
– we pray for healing but our loved one dies anyway?
– we are wrestling with chronic illness of any sort?
– we have severe stress and anxiety?
– we lose our house to fire over the Christmas holidays?

Paul said, “ALL things God works for the good.”

Personally, I am thankful I have been given a cross to carry for this season of life because it reminds me this life is not about me…it is much bigger than that and embracing this reality makes life exponentially more rewarding.

However, whatever I do I must engage in his timing and at his pace. Since Friday Tracey and I have slept 20+ hours, much needed sleep I might add, since we sabotaged our rest Wednesday night in an effort to get out of town.

It is Sunday morning and we are well rested, dressing, and heading out to the adventure. Today we will celebrate her birthday at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, an absolutely gorgeous cabin in the mountainous terrain offered by Aspen.

As we celebrate Tracey, we are praying God will use us to be an encouragement to whoever he brings our way. May we get our eyes off of us and on to others, life is more rewarding when we live in this way.

May we all remember the truth found in Romans 8:28 and live accordingly.