Has God ever asked you to do something and you hesitated because you were worried it might make you look crazy? Or what about looking at someone else’s decisions and not understanding at all why they would do that? I know I have. I look at our current situation and think how crazy we must look to other people. Giving up all of our possessions to live in a tent? Going from a 4 bedroom house to this? I mean, I’ll be honest, if someone told me a year ago that Sam and I would be living in a tent, I wouldn’t believe them. Then I remember some people in the Bible who paved the way in faith to be an example to follow. They risked looking crazy for the sake of following Christ. They didn’t follow the rules nor cared what other people thought, they were obedient even if they didn’t understand.
In Matthew, John the Baptist is described as an unusual person. He lived in the wilderness and wore camel hair and ate locusts and honey. That’s pretty wild. He went into all the country of Jordan preaching about the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Luke 3:3) He didn’t care what people thought about him because he loved the Lord and wanted people to know the truth. He was fulfilling his calling. Now he is considered as someone who had a lot of wisdom, faith, and reverence for Christ.
Daniel was also seen as crazy. The government prohibited prayer in the kingdom but Daniel did not obey the rules of the government. Once this was discovered, he was arrested and thrown into the lions den. I’m sure at the time, people thought he was crazy for kneeling down in prayer everyday, despite what the government said. Because he didn’t care what people thought, God kept him safe and ultimately brought him a position in the palace because he obeyed despite others following the rules.
Job had received a lot of loss and grief during a season in his life. He lost his kids, his servants, his cattle, his home, his wife, even his health was bad. He grieved in the desert over his losses and his pain. He had his friends and family come and try to encourage him to curse God. He refused to do that, even though everyone else was, he would not dishonor the Lord. In the end, because he refused to curse God, everything he lost was restored to him.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the shade next to my tent in the middle of the desert in 80 degrees. Boy! What a difference that is! We started our trip 5 days ago in 20 degrees and no destination in sight. Snow and ice were our main concern at the time, which is unbelievable for late October. We would update certain friends and family of our plans and the common question from them was, “Where are you going?” We didn’t know how to answer because we just didn’t know. We waited for God to lead us, but as the days went by, we still did not know. We would ask ourselves, are we crazy for doing this? We know God has been leading us throughout this process and it’s easy for us to say we aren’t. Normally, I would feel stressed about not knowing where we will be, but I know God is behind us and He will provide. I take great comfort in that.
As Sam and I were in the midst of selling our possessions, people we met were concerned and didn’t understand why we were doing this. I explained in this blog post Sympathizing with Lot’s Wife that the more we got rid of, the more freedom we felt. True, it’s unconventional, but when Christ asks us to follow Him, He says in His Word, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30. He never asks us to do anything that will make sense to the human understanding. The big day for us was Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30 am. First thing we had to do was clean our apartment and get out. Our next objective was to pick up our cargo trailer and load it up at the storage unit. By the time we were packed up and ready to hit the road, it was roughly 3 or 4 in the afternoon. We hopped in the truck, still no destination in sight, and headed south. That much we knew, we didn’t want to face the cold.
I looked up on freecampsites.net for some places to land. As it turns out, it is completely full. So I checked Dixie National Forrest and found a place. From the time we left Idaho Falls to Dixie National Forrest, it had taken us roughly 9 hours. The scenery was beautiful! As we drove up to the park, we discovered the road is very rugged. Too rugged for a trailer. Thank goodness we were able to turn around because it was pretty gnarly!
We ended up taking a break in Dillon, MT at a free campsite. It was nice, we had the place to ourselves, right by the lake, and the distant sound of ducks quacking. Could you ask for anything more peaceful? When we first set up tent, it wasn’t a big deal, we were warm and comfortable. That quickly changed as the hours continued, it was just too cold. The tent had frost creeping on the outside, the temperature was 27 degrees. Yikes! At 3:30am, we packed up our stuff and continued our journey south. We stopped in Idaho Falls, picked up a few items, got some gas, and Sam got a haircut. This is where we started to think about Zion National Park.
Instead of finding a place nearby to settle for the night, we decided to drive straight through to Pahrump, NV. Why did we choose this location? Through much research, we discovered a business here that forwards mail for people who are on the road. We wanted to have that set up and hopefully find a place to camp. Mind you, from Dixie National Forrest to Pahrump, NV it was another 5 hours of travel. That means we were on the road from 3:30 am to 6:00 pm and add on another 5 hours. According to the maps, we had to go through Las Vegas and we were dreading it! As we came down the mountain, we saw nothing but lights and we said to each other, “There it is!” It’s kind of humorous now looking back, but it wasn’t at the time. It honestly wasn’t as bad as we anticipated, but it was also at midnight so traffic was not as bad at that time.
We finally arrived in Pahrump, NV at about 2:00 am and found a safe parking lot to sleep in. Not ideal but we didn’t have a choice at this hour. When we woke up, the first rule of order was for us to get established with the mail forwarding business. They were very nice and helpful. They suggested a few campsites that are free to stay in. They have well water and said we can fill our water jugs whenever we want free of charge. Being in the desert, that was huge!
So here we are. We have a camping spot among other RV’s and tents right outside of town. We can stay as long as we want. The first couple days were rough as we were figuring things out for the first time. Now we are settled and organized. We have a great view of the mountains, the sunset is phenomenal, it’s warm and now it’s starting to feel peaceful. Neither of us feel anxious or worried. We have peace that God will provide for us. We plan to stay in this spot until the Lord directs us to leave to a new location.
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalm 118:6
So I must ask, what is it that God is asking you to do? He is asking you to obey and only you know what that is. It doesn’t have to be to sell your house and live in a tent. Seek the Lord and He will direct your path.