This is it. The final 24 hours. The Last Big Push. Go, Rob, Go!
The report from the West Virginia Appalachians through the night was that Rob was singing. Really? I asked, “Singing? Literally?” Yes, literally. And telling jokes.
May I just say Rob needs another miracle night like that. He will be pushing through to make a close time cutoff at the Mt. Airy, Maryland time station.
This morning in the car, while we were trying to catch up to Rob, I was watching some videos of Christina. She consented to a video question session after she was placed on hospice. She answered question after question, so coherently, so strongly, so beautifully. So for Rob, here are a few of Christina’s words transcribed. I think it is no mistake that they apply so perfectly for your ride tonight.
She was asked about fighting the good fight. What words of encouragement do you have for those who might be struggling? She said,
“The good fight never ends and you never get to a point where you have arrived. I certainly haven’t and I am on the short end of the journey…but it never ends and the adventure of it to me is that it’s never over and hard parts are never over and the amazing beautiful spectacular miracle parts are never over, and the leaning completely on Jesus because you just have nothing.”
“Things that feel devastating to us and ‘ I am tired of fighting and I am tired of this life being hard and I can’t do it anymore and I don’t want to do it anymore’—that never ends. But that’s the beautiful part of it because that’s where God meets us.”
“Through our weaknesses our faith is made perfect. Not through our strengths and all our amazing parts….’I got nothin’ but He has my everything and that is all I could ever dream for my life.’ That is the most adventurous part of walking with God.”
I jogged a little with Rob while he was going up a hill and he said, “This is all Jesus. He is getting me through this”. He and Christina going to the end—in the power of Jesus.
Will you help Rob get through this last 24 hours with your encouragement? He is loving your notes and your generous donations to 3000 Miles to a Cure. He is at 84% of his goal of $20,000. You can donated here. Almost there on the bike and almost there on the donations. It’s all so amazing.
Jo Dee Ahmann