Homer, Wanda, Ida, and Fanny are a new breed of adventurers, willing to throw caution to the wind and follow God wholeheartedly. This family of 4 with their dog and bird in tow faced down the wilderness to pursue Jesus.
Bored with the mundane, they left their lives of extreme outdoor camping and audacious adventures seeking new challenges. Their thirst for the thrill of following God in faith drove ever onward. Soon they entered the high risk and financially demanding world of staying indoors, sleeping on real beds and eating regularly. A world that would require all their razor sharp skills to navigate.
Our intrepid band of pioneers have spent the past 2 years living in a small motel room. Their favorite pastimes of hide and seek and capture the flag replaced by standing up to the verbal assaults of drug-dealing pimps and former convicts. Adapting to the confined quarters, Wanda began leading an online prayer call for Canada while Homer has been dutifully preparing their online presence. Both have been judiciously crafting the story of their adventure, Wilderness—How to Marry Jesus in 10 Years or Less, into readable prose.
Those that truly walk in uncompromising faith these days are about as rare as those who have walked on the moon. This causes no end of angst for those that limit faith to a simple mental assent. Just as Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees we were often interrogated by religious people trying to figure us out. We were a puzzle to them and often told we bamboozled their thinking. This was not our choice. We simply followed Jesus to the places He led us to. As we changing from believers into disciples our thinking also changed. Over time trying to explain ourselves to those stuck in religion became too much of a chore so we stopped.
Wilderness - How to Marry Jesus in 10 Years or Less
We had a meeting with the elders and the pastor about mid-week and they wanted to grill us over our testimony. The pastor and the elders all sat around a big table with us at one side and them on the other. It was a polite and cordial meeting but there were questions they had. The senior pastor, Derek, was a quiet man and was content to let his elders speak. These were kind men but very rational and well versed in the scriptures. In many respects they were like the Pharisees as they questioned Jesus. The Pharisees were trying to figure Jesus out using sense and reason without the Holy Spirit; natural reasoning. Jesus, however, answered them from faith and this brought a great amount of confusion and consternation. Likewise, these elders had never seen anyone take the Scriptures and actually live by them as they were written. Words like Paul’s found in 1 Corinthians 4:9-13 weren’t seen as an example to follow and yet Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Our wilderness journey, living by faith in God, completely baffled and bamboozled their natural, rational minds. To their credit, though, they did not try to “reason contrary to the truth” but instead listened. They were more like Nicodemus who wanted to talk to Jesus later. At the end of this meeting, one elder said I sounded like Paul the apostle. Afterwards they all agreed we could stay for two weeks.