Pastor Shawn returned safely from the first leg of his sabbatical through 16 states! Here's what he had to say about his experience:
I recently road my motorcycle 5300 miles. (PA, OH, MI, WI, MN, ND, SD, WY, UT, CO, KS, MO, IL, IN, OH, WV, PA).
I did it solo. I didn’t plan my exact route. I didn’t know each day where I would eat, sleep, or run into each day. I spent 6-10 hours riding, thinking, praying, and taking in all the beauty of creation.
It was a trip filled with adventure, solitude, challenge, prayer, uncertainty, desperation, rain, wind, cold, Very Hot, dryness, vulnerability, and lots of daily reliance on God.
I returned grateful for each day, for the simplest things, and for relationships.
I detached from all that brings comfort, security, and distraction. No phone, shows, social media. No appointments to run to, no relationships to bring comfort, no home to bring security. It was difficult and rewarding to focus my energies on God and staying alive.
I felt sadness, peace, fear, love, kindness, discouragement, excitement, and so much more. I felt a lot. More than usual.
I rediscovered becoming more fully dependent on God, even in the smallest ways. I’ve come to realize that God comes to us in whatever way He chooses. I’m expectant more than ever that it is my faith that God is always present that is giving me supernatural access to God.
I experienced so much of God, and yet I’ve come to realize I know so little of the mysteries of God’s grace, power, faithfulness, and holiness.
This video (above) barely scratches the surface, but it shows some of the sacred journey in a short time.