|Posted by HeartbeatAT Team on November 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM|
Monday, October 8, 2012
Elephant Butte Lake State Park, New Mexico
Joe and Rae Edenhofer are originally from Grand Rapids, but they live here now. They have fond memories of their time in Michigan, for it was there many years ago they came to Christ under the ministry of Pastor John White at the Calvary Baptist Church.
Of course, I didn't know any of this as I pulled into the State Park entrance Saturday morning. I read about this place online the day before and decided to try it out instead of traveling two hours further into the Gila wilderness. It was supposed to be about ten degrees warmer here than in the Gila. That was enough reason for me not to go any further.
As I drove up to the pay window, I was greeted by a very friendly woman who welcomed me to Elephant Butte. By the way, "Butte" is a word that means "mountain that stands alone"', though I'm not quite sure which mountain they are talking about since there seem to be plenty of them around here. Anyway, the nice lady's name was Rae, and she began telling me all about the Park, even offering advice about what was, in her opinion, the nicest place for me to camp. She asked how long I was planning to stay. I told her at least two nights since I was hoping to go to church somewhere on Sunday. She exclaimed, "My husband Joe and I would love to have you join us tomorrow morning!" I told her I would plan on doing just that.
Sunday was delightful. I walked a little over a mile from my campsite to the Church at the Butte. The people were most friendly and made me feel very welcome. The service was rather lengthy, but no one seemed to mind. The congregation was ordaining a new Deacon with a fellowship dinner following. That provided a perfect opportunity for me to spend more time with Rae and Joe. We discovered in the course of conversation that we even knew some mutual friends back east. I love it when that happens!
Hiking back to my campsite yesterday afternoon, I couldn't help but marvel at the reminder that God has His people tucked away all over. Even here in the desert, He has those He calls His own.
Before we parted, I took a picture of my new friends and wrote down their address. I look forward to reconnecting with them again the next time I'm in this area. A grand day indeed!
Happy Trails to All,
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,...
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea (or even in the desert),
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:5-6;9-10)
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