An Arizona Winter – While eastern USA was in a deep freeze (lowest February temperature on record), the Gray Nomad was hiking Arizona where the average temp was 70F. Got some great pics! Also learned a deep spiritual lesson while out there, see Post-Script below.
INSERT: My new book Weed and Water is now out as a print book (as well as an e-book) and can be ordered at Amazon.com. In the first chapter I am rescued from drowning by the teenager next door.
Sedona is red-rock country, and Cathedral Rock is a star attraction. While we were taking pictures, two women got married and the wedding ceremony was held right there in front of Cathedral Rock! It was so beautiful and it was hard to believe it was Winter!
Also in Sedona, I hiked down to Sliding Rock, where years ago my brother Clive and I put on our swim trunks and cascaded down the Oak Creek River on our raw bums (however that was in summer).
We drove up to the Superstition Mountains, where gold and murders are the history …. see more in the book Hiking Toward Heaven. Driving on the Apache Trail past Stewart Lake, we stopped in Tortilla Flat, a very small town nestled in the mountains (population 6). Three men in a band were playing and singing Golden-Oldies. Lots of laughs and hand-clapping, and even a little dancing.
As the day waned we took a hike along the First-Water trail, where Jacob the old Dutchman entered the Superstitions to get to his lost goldmine. In this area about 20 Spanish goldminers were massacred by Apaches a couple centuries ago. The desert was the prettiest I have EVER seen with greenery everywhere, due to over 10 inches of rain in the area before Christmas. Green grass was a foot high, and walking-stick cholla had long strings of half-formed fruit hanging down like bunches of grapes. One creek we crossed was actually flowing: a rare event indeed. We thanked God once again for the gift of life…..that we could walk and see and converse.
True Food Kitchen. This is the restaurant based on Dr Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. We loved it so much we ate there twice in two days. It’s near Scottsdale, and you feel so good after eating there! They are expanding the restaurants like crazy, so watch for one coming to a big city near you.
I recall a Methodist pastor from California, Merlin Carothers, who created a stir in his book Power in Praise by proclaiming we should thank God for all things that happen to us…..good and bad. His position was based on the Bible verse below.
Just before I left for Arizona that Winter, my website (and these blogs) was suspended by the hosting company. My annual payment had lapsed (my fault), and I had lost the password to get into the website to make the payment. I went through a week of hellish frustration trying all the options I could think of to solve the problem, without success.
I was desperate. Sitting by the swimming pool at one hotel, surrounded by stately palm trees and colorful bougainvilleas, I decided to thank God for the problem. This wasn’t easy because I had no rational reason to thank him for the problem. But I did it anyway. The first think I noticed was that a weight was lifted from my shoulders…….because I had turned the problem over to God to find a solution. Then within one day I received a reply from the hosting company (after four days of anxious waiting), and within two days I was sent new password info (after seeking this for a week) which allowed me to get into my website. I paid the bills and the site was soon up and running.
I would be interested to hear from my readers: have you ever thanked God for a problem? Please comment in the Comment box below this blog.
The Gray Nomad.
Probing the practice of Christian believers……
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Book of Ephesians, chapter 5, Amplified Bible).
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