I almost made it through the trip with a blog post every day, but since it was late and I am one of today’s 2 drivers, I opted for sleep last night. Yesterday took us from Chicago to Champaign, IL. Champaign holds the University of Illinois, at least one really good frozen yogurt place, and more wonderful saints.
I got to see a sister I hadn’t seen in awhile and was telling her about my ongoing struggle to spend quality time with the Lord in the morning. I appreciated her simple answer,
Just ask the Lord about it.
She made it sound so simple and I was reminded that it really is so easy! He really wants to spend the time with us, so He’s happy to help us figure out how to spend time with Him.
Leaving our wonderful hospitality. So sad we didn’t get a picture with them!
University of Illinois:
Today we took the long way home. Robert and I took 3 students back through Cincinnati to pick up the now- repaired church van and drop off our rental. The silver lining to this was one last stop at Graeter’s! The location we found through yelp had Jim, the world’s friendliest manager.
AND my only state border pic the whole trip….
Why am I always doing these posts rushed at 1130 pm? I always have the best intentions….
Today was a great wrap-up of our time here. I was really surprised at how much I love Chicago!! We had a sweet time of fellowship with Jim Reetzke who touched the ministry of Witness Lee back in the 1950’s and was in the first meeting of the Church in Los Angeles. It was wonderful to hear the history. Got to visit Chicago Bibles & Books which was awesome. Look forward to getting more biographies from them once I finish the two I picked up.
Then off to the Billy Graham museum in Wheaton, IL followed by The Bean and…drum roll please….Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza! (Secretly, that may have been everyone’s reason for visiting Chicago).
And now the photo roll:
Billy Graham Museum:
Sadly, no pics of the pizza (although if you search #2013MidwestBlending there must be some). But here is Alessa acting for us what we all felt on the inside after we were done:
Today was so much fun! Hancock observatory, Chicago-style hot dogs, high of 24 degrees, and….Shopping! Then a sweet dinner and blending with the saints from Chicago.
Views from the observatory:
Views from inside the Fastest elevator in N. America (20MPH):
During dinner & the fellowship tonight I really enjoyed the matter of Daniel and his companions. We need companions. God did not design us to make it on our own. Like this hymn says:
My going on is for you. Your going on is for me. Not separate entities, I need you saints desperately.
Chicago! Today we had our very literal introduction to the Windy City. When we left the house it was about 19 but with windchill felt like 4. Met up at the Field Museum & then split up to different places. That whole Museum campus was awesome, such a treat. Our group decided on Adler planetarium, but first a lunch stop at Panozzo’s Italian Market “an Italian-inspired, chef-driven neighborhood market.”Sooooo good. Sorry for no pictures of the sandwiches, but we did add a notch to our ice-cream eating belt.
Then lots of pictures around the city:
I really enjoyed the planetarium. Particularly, I enjoyed their Welcome to the Universe show. As they went through the vastness of our universe and said things like,
“We have discovered galaxies 12 billion light years away [1 light year = 6,000,000,000,000 miles].”
I was just brought back to Zechariah 12:1:
…Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him…
As vast as the universe is, Jehovah ranks the spirit of man with the same importance. Amazing!
And to finish the photo roll:
Friendly stranger cameraman FAIL:
Friendly stranger cameraman SUCCESS:
And to end the day, steamy homemade bread. Spoiled to say the least:
Pray for our continued smooth coordination. Traveling with 30 is a machine with many moving parts.
Travelled today from Columbus to Chi-town. This morning was a flurry of packing and saying goodbye.
I miss the saints in Columbus already.
But already enjoying the saints in Chicago. Got a chance to sit down with a precious couple who have been enjoying the church life here since it began. They live in an awesome historic Victorian:
Appreciated hearing their history of just being in the church life for decades and how enjoyable it is to them.
Then on to our wonderful, sweet, happy hospitality. It was 50% off night at the thrift store so we joined them on a roller-skate finding mission 🙂
Another long day, another short but sweet photo roll.
During this morning’s meeting I really enjoyed seeing that God’s desire is not to deliver us from the fiery furnace but to make the furnace a pleasant place. See Daniel chapter 3 and particularly verse 25, footnote 1 in the Recovery version.
World-class pancake skills by Priscilla Cho:
Newest Kneidel! What a treat to meet Daniel David:
Happy Handsome Husband:
Sweet beloved sisters: