Two Days in Galveston

Cutest dog on the beach!
Photo by Vadim Troshkin @

When I ended my last post I was at the Red Roof Inn near Katy, Texas (just west of Houston) and getting ready to head into Houston for the day. However, I got this scathingly brilliant idea to spend a couple of days in Galveston (45 miles south of Houston). So . . . I did it!

Yeah, I know I need to look for a job. What do you think I’ve been doing for the past three and a half years after applying for almost 500 jobs in my field of work, not to mention the other jobs I’ve applied for outside of my field? However, it’s been years since I’ve had a real vacation of any kind. And, yes, I know my money is running out (like “Hello??? What else is new?”)–but I’ve been incredibly frugal for much longer than I thought would be necessary and I’ve learn how to live on a whole lot less and I have no debt, thankfully. Anyway . . . I didn’t know it when I arrived in Galveston but I really needed this break for a couple of days.

I didn’t realize how much a 17-hour nonstop drive (except for gas) would wear me out physically. I mean, I was sitting in the car the whole time, so what’s to wear out, right? However, my thighs were so stiff and sore and I was just plain road weary since I didn’t break up the trip into two segments. And that physical weariness stayed with me until this morning (well, it’s still there a tiny little bit).

Another pic of the
“cutest dog ever”
Photo by Vadim Troshkin

As I look back on my first road trip to Houston when I arrived on September 25, 2008 to start that fateful job on September 29, 2008 (the day of the worst Wall Street crash in history–but I digress), I drove to Houston all in one stretch, too, and it took me days to recover from it. I also spent those first few days unpacking my apartment. I had completely forgotten about that until now (e.g., how physically wearing a nonstop trip of that length can be). I did still do my 55-minute exercise DVD twice since arriving on Sunday–and will do it again today–and that has really helped with the stiffness. But I think I’m finally getting back in my groove again. And it’s been great to unwind here in Galveston.

Now it’s time for me to Roll With It (hmmm, sounds like a song by Steve Winwood . . . see YouTube video at end of post) and go back to Houston to see what I can find in the way of employment for the next week or so. Hurricane Isaac hit the New Orleans area last evening so I’m in no hurry to head back to Florida as I can’t even imagine what Interstate 10/12 will be like for the next several days (weeks?).

As I was listening to Roll With It by Steve Winwood this morning, the words are just, well, so appropo . . . (short for appropriate). Let me share them with you:

When life is too much, roll with it, baby
Don’t stop and lose your touch, oh no, baby
Hard times knocking on your door
I’ll tell them you ain’t there no more
Get on through it, roll with it, baby
Luck’ll come and then slip away
You’ve gotta move, bring it back to stay

You just roll with it, baby
Come on and just roll with it, baby
You and me, roll with it, baby
Hang on and just roll with it, baby

The way that you love is good as money
I swear by stars above, sweet as honey
People think you’re down and out
You show them what it’s all about
You can make it, roll with it, baby
When this world turns it’s back on you
Hang in and do that sweet thing you do

You just roll with it, baby
You just roll with it, baby
Come on and just roll with it, baby
You and me, just roll with it, baby

Now there’ll be a day you’ll get there, baby
You’ll hear the music play, you’ll dance, baby
You’ll leave bad times way behind
Nothing but good times on your mind
You can do it, roll with it, baby
Then you’ll see life will be so nice
It’s just a step up to paradise

You just roll with it, baby
You just roll with it, baby
You and me, just roll with it, baby
Come on and just roll with it, baby

Now I don’t know about you, but those words are music to my ears. As the last chorus states, “Now there’ll be a day you’ll get there, baby; you’ll hear the music play, you’ll dance, baby. You’ll leave bad times way behind, nothing but good times on your mind. You can do it, roll with it, baby. Then you’ll see life will be so nice; it’s just a step up to paradise” and I am SO LOOKING FORWARD to that day arriving . . . soon!!!!!

As I continue to look for work while I’m here in the Houston area, I am reminded of the fact that those of us who are Christian do not just work for an earthy employer. No . . . we work for God. And working for God is 24/7. And it’s the most challenging work we will ever accomplish. So you see, I’ve really been employed all of this time I’ve been “unemployed” by society’s definition and standards. My blog posts are just a part of that “employment.” And I may not have received an earthy paycheck during this time, but I’ll leave my paycheck up to God as He knows my needs and He has promised to meet them just as the Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

I am reminded of the time that Jesus fed the 5000 with just five small barley loaves and two small fish (John 6). Human eyes and understanding cannot comprehend such a feat (unless you are witness to it) yet it did, in fact, happen. After this miracle, Jesus’ disciples later “found Him back across the sea, they said, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free. Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.” To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?” Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works” (John 6:25-29, MSG).

Do you want to get in on God’s works? First you have to know Him through Jesus Christ, His one and only Son (click here) and then you just throw your lot in with His and give Him everything. And don’t look back. In Luke 9:62 Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” The Message Bible states it like this: “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”

So, seize the day . . . . and roll with it . . . Roll with God.

And don’t put it off until tomorrow . . . .

YouTube Video: “Roll With It by Steve Winwood:

Photo credits here