The day started out great. Less pain and more energy. I actually slept through the night. The first time on this pilgrimage.
I got to have coffee with Didier (french pronunciation) . He is the guy in the wheelchair that I mentioned in an earlier post. Really nice guy. He was excited to show me his wheelchair. It is the design used for basketball. It is made in the USA and cost $7000. He is doing the entire Camino in the chair. Someone accompanies him every day because he goes on the pilgrim trail designated for bicycles and it includes highways. Therefore, he does not have much interactions with other pilgrims. A French lady has helped for a few days and today a guy from Korea was helping him. His hope is to make it to Santiago, go to the church there in Santiago and be healed there. I would really like to have everyone pray for him. He reminds me of the people that approached Jesus with similar requests.
Today was great. I had great discussions with Spaniards, South Africans and the A&M students. Great talks!
The weather started out raining. It cleared up some, but continued to do this all day. The bad part was when I climbed a big hill. It was sunny and hot and I had taken off my jackets and pancho. At the top of the hill, we were hit with a storm - blew straight into our faces. It had strong wind, rain, and hail blowing straight at us. I would swear that the hail was blowing parallel to the ground and therefore would never touch the ground. We finally found refuge after many in the group had red legs from the pelting of the ice.
After my revelation last night that I need to be open to ask others to help me, I realized that God is in that category as well. So I thought for a while – What could I ask God for? I figured that the best thing I could ask from him would be more love. Good request, right? Well I did. I walked along and prayed. When I was finished I was very pleased with my request. I then looked up on the mountain on my left and there sat an enormous cross. I then realized he HAD given me ALL of his love. I have it.