Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ten Days in Bed on Maui :0)

On The Road to Maui # 19


Well it’s been about 3 weeks since I last wrote. It’s been an interesting time, we are now 62 days on the island and will soon beat my last trip of 67! Yes we are still at the teepee and have had just about every bite from all that crawls and soars. No, I have not had a centipede bite like poor old Cynthia. She is still recovering from that awful night. Apparently the effects last about two weeks; she is now at the itching and Nausea stage. As for me I think the local mosquito population had a meeting, declared me a local and are dining on toruist instead.

 I will not say it’s been an easy 62 days actually 90 odd, we left Wilsonville on August 30 and hit the road with the Bike and car sept 7. We have not slept in a bed together with the exception of two nights in motels coming down the I-5 to Sandeigo and two nights on a comfortable airbed at Steve and Susanne’s in Sandeigo before we flew out here.

Pulling up stakes and loading the camel to venture into the unknown is not easy, but I would not miss it for the world. It’s been 29 years since this Irish boy jumped a ship to leave his native Ireland to see the world through Gods eyes. The culture’s, people and places I have seen and lived among are amazing. I have met countless trials and faced many giants mostly within myself, the hardest ones I believe. But all in all it’s been worth it you have to take the good with bad you can`t have light without darkness.

Cynthia left her home at a young age to leave her footprints all over Europe, and then journeyed into the Middle East including the Western Sahara. I would love to go back with her to the Sahara and cross it on BMW 1200 GS Enduro of course I will probably end up being towed out by a Camel and become fast friends with Ben Haddam the herder. We have both been yet still are missionaries, like Moses we don’t know where we are going either? All we known is that nothing is permanent except Heaven and that is our final destination :0)

On The Local front we will shortly have a brand spanking new Generator for Cynthia`s Smoothie business. Cynthia`s Mother is blessing us with it,she has been a great supporter of our new venture and storms heaven daily on our behalf. I look forward to the day we are in a situation where we can put her up over here as she will love talking and sharing Jesus with the locals.

The last 10 days I have been confined to my cot with a local virus and then to top it all I put my back out and as if to add insult to injury My charger on my laptop burnt out so no Writing or internet. So I read “Bill O Reilly’s” book “Killing Jesus”, while I’m not to impressed with him as a talk show host the book was well researched and a quick read. He dealt mainly with the historical events that were occurring up to and during that period,a must read for history lovers.

Well folks I’m writing this on Cynthia`s Sony Vaio!!! Please don’t tell my Mac friends…yup I miss my Mac! a new charger will be arriving shortly.

Finlay tomorrow begins the official launch of Celtic Cleaning Maui. Cynthia and I will be sub - Contracting with a local Condo cleaning company in Kehie. The part I love is when work is done the beach is just yards away. Our dream of being self-employed together is Finlay taking shape. So Guapa Smoothies Cynthia`s brain child and my company of 14 years will move on together!!

Ok, That’s all for now…thanks for reading we are off to the beach to bask in the sun…Oh, Yesterday as I was snorkeling and was coming back up though the warm water from  the pacific floor a large Turtle swam like a submarine over my head. At first the dark shadow that blocked the sunlight nearly flushed my toilet as I thought it was dinner at Eight with Jaws. But when I saw that friendly face I was filled with awe and swam alongside for as long as I could hold my breath, it was an amazing moment what a wonderful creator we serve :0)

Cheers Michael !!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

On The Road to Maui # 17 No Going back :0(

On The Road to Maui # 17 No Going back :0(

Today has to be about the loneliest day I have had in years. Not lonely for Human contact ,but lonely deep inside my soul. Its as though God has drawn us out here to Maui to be totally alone with him. Honestly right now no human contact would fill this void. I have been in many places, walked away from perfectly stable situations to follow Gods leading, preached on city streets ,seen people come to Jesus,get healed, the list is endless. But never have I felt as lonely as I do today, I`m not a needy person,I love my own company and yes I do love and like myself most of the time hahaha :0)

Here we are on one of the most beautiful Diverse islands on Gods green earth and honestly I really could not care less, scenery cannot fill a void or give you true peace, quiet ,rest maybe? I could try hugging a tree but the forrest service would have a fit if I tried to dig it up and take it for a walk.

Athletes who run marathons about midway through will hit a wall that they have to push through in order to carry on to the finish line, many quit at this point. Today I guess I,m hitting my personal wall and if someone was to give me a free ticket to home I would be tempted to fly. But alas we sold everything ,left everything to come here so there is no home over there anymore but right now where are hearts are. At this moment its a coffee shop in Safeway in Wailuku, well at least we wont go hungary :0)

This all started as many of you know last Feb 11 when I flew out here on a one way ticket with a back pack and a prayer. That trip lasted 67 days and God provided for me every step of the way. My purpose back then was to see if the island and God wanted me here. In Short as you all know who read my 30 odd blogs Maui opened its arms to me. I even had two close friends from Oregon fly out to see me and give me a free weeks vacation in their time share, all my needs were truly met. Then one day I knew it was time to fly back home to Cynthia and my son JAQ in Portland. When the plane took of on my return home God even provided free food, drink and a movie viewer- on the way out it was Champagne from first class etc served to me by the head stewardess who was from my old Home town neighborhood of Cork city Ireland. As I flew home I really did not know if I was going to return.

I spent the next 6 to 8 weeks in Oregon selling everything . Did God give me a clear sign that I was to sell up and move to maui ? no, Cynthia knew she had a desire to go and knew God was leading us that way. Personally I just knew it was the next step and so here we is !
Next weekend Guapa Smoothies opens for business at The Kula Upcountry Market...It is Cynthia’s brain child 3 years in the planning, I`m proud of her it is her venture into the world of the self-employed one I took 14 years ago with absolutly no regrets.

Well where I go from this point on I dont know, but what I do know is by the time I cross that threshold at the end of my time here on earth into my heavenly fathers arms there will not be many emotions that I have not experienaced. I can be a stubborn Irish fighter but in the end I trully love God and he me ,
 I know I will surrender my all to him after all there is no other way.
Mean while I will find a quiet spot cry it all out , then get up and keep  moving forward!

Thanks for spending time with me!!!

Cheers Michael :0)