There are 17 days left before the Daley’s will be packed and on the road in a 36-foot travel trailer with our 4 kids and hit the road on an epic business and personal adventure around the outer edge of the US.
The word provision means, “the action of providing or supplying something for use.” We have seen God’s provision all along the way as we have prepared for this trip. About a year ago, one of Xcelerate’s stakeholders told us they had a travel trailer that was only a few years old and they would be excited to share and let us use it. This is the trailer we will be using on the trip. Last spring, I (Greg) was on a trip with my son passing through Olympia, WA and stayed the night with a good friend. Over dinner I shared with him about the trip we were planning. He said, “Are you looking for a truck to pull it?” I said, “As a matter of fact, I am.” We walked outside and there was the truck we will be driving around the country. Those are just some of the larger supplies God has provided, but he has also provided a way to make it part of our business stability as well as emotional stability in our blended family home to even attempt a journey in such tight quarters and so much more.
Before the long journey West on the Oregon Trail, pioneers would go through a time of provisioning. This is the verb form of the word and meant getting all the supplies ready for the trip. As of today, in our time of provisioning God has supplied everything we need from a supplies point of view. Today, the trailer we will live in for the next 7 months and the truck that will pull it are in the shop getting the last preparations done for the trip. This morning, my thoughts drifted further back in history to another group of people on a long journey. This was more of a wilderness journey for the people of Israel as they escaped their captivity in Egypt but a journey nonetheless. In Deuteronomy 29:5 scripture says, “I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.” God provided by helping the things they owned not wear out. We are praying this as well. I am not sure if our clothes and shoes will make the trip (they were probably more hearty back then), but we do pray the trailer and truck stay together on the journey.
One last provision we are waiting on is for our house to rent while we are gone. We have a few people coming to look at it in the next few days. Please pray with us that God brings the right person to live in our house.