Final stop in Europe….Germany!
On Day 6 we got up bright and early to return the Noble Steed and catch our flight to Vancouver. We were lucky to get on the flight as we were put on standby because it was overbooked! And just like that our time in Europe came to an end. Chapter 3 begins!
– The D on European number plates doesn’t stand for Denmark, but Deutschland
– Germans drink a lot of carbonated water…turns out this isn’t good for Jared’s gut
– European houses all have shutters on their windows….meaning you can waste half the day sleeping if you don’t set an alarm
– Europeans don’t use a top sheet and their towels are really small!
– Supermarkets are closed on Sundays in Europe!
– Of the 68 utes (Yes, Jared counted!) we saw in Europe, 48 were in Italy.
– We drove 4703kms in the Noble Steed and filled up approximately 7 times
– We only paid for two nights accommodation for 6 weeks in Europe
Funniest words non-native English speakers used in Europe:
– When someone described their boss at work as their chief
– When someone described himself as a parasite because he lives with his partner in an apartment she owns
– When someone was not sure what the English word for pig was, so called it Pumba to insure we understood
– The hospitality and generosity of two amazing German families
– Returning the Noble Steed in one piece, not even a scratch!
– Seats at the back of the plane with no one either side of us and a bit of extra leg room!
On our rest days with Mona, we watched a few good movies on Netflix. Though a little cheesy, Gods Not Dead (and its sequel Gods Not Dead 2) had some challenging messages. In the second movie, I was challenged by the question posed by God to one of the main characters “Who do you say that I Am?”
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
He is the great I AM, even if we don’t yet believe it.
As my faith has deepened in the past few years I’ve become more confident to acknowledge God in all I do. I’ve taken opportunities to share my faith lovingly and with respect with those I love and strangers (don’t get me wrong, there is plenty opportunities I’ve missed too) and tried to follow His leading when He asks me to do something. Its not always easy, but it matters.
The way we answer the question “Who do you say that I Am?” has eternal consequences. If our honest response acknowledges God for who He really is we will spend eternity with Him in heaven. If our response denies Him we will be eternally separated from our Creator in ultimate darkness, otherwise known as hell.
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32-33)
My challenge to anyone reading this… If you know Him: I challenge you to take all opportunities to acknowledge Him. Be courageous! And if you don’t know Him yet: Why not ask him who He is? Jeremiah 29:13 says: “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” If you genuinely ask Him who He is, I assure you He will answer.