A new beginning
Well, where do I start? 2012 makes over 12 years that Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry has been witnessing for our Lord. During this time, it has been what I live for, an extension of who I am, what I have become, and where the Lord has led me. The direct benefit of all of this, has been you, each one of you that are taking the time to read this.
Sometime in the recent past, the Holy Spirit touched your heart with the desire to witness to others in this fantastic ministry. And you acted on that, joining maybe with some trepidation, anxiousness, excitement, and maybe even being a little scared, wondering what it is all about, and wondering what you just got yourself into.
If you experienced any of those emotions, or more, you’re in good company! In the beginning, Helen and I were disciples, learning the intricacies of the motorcycling world. From the first time wearing our vests in public, the first booth space, the first ride with other groups, organizing our first charity ride, etc. Now all these years later, and it is second nature, but never boring!
Now that we have been in Nevada for almost 4 years, (where has the time gone), I feel the Lord leading me to reach-out in a much bigger way than ever before. California has riding virtually year-round. Here, maybe 5-6 months. It still takes some getting used to. But even with the short riding season, we have more bikers concentrated here, than any other place that I have been. With my new job, I visit 20 to 30 repair and body shops every day, and it never fails, I am asked what I ride. I guess the lifestyle has become part of me, and I look the part at this point in time, could be the weathered look, wrinkles and/or facial hair hiding what I really look like!
At any rate, I feel the Lord moving me to reach out to the biker community in a way not unlike our Central Valley chapter, with a biker church. Here in Nevada, the Confederation of Clubs is very strong. I virtually always ride with my vest on, and I have never been approached by anyone having anything negative to say, yet. So I am hesitant as to how to go about starting this thing. I know I don’t have enough help yet. But I do have one thing that is needed, and not many people know this about me, but I have a great desire to preach. I think I enjoyed jail/prison ministry so much, because I got to preach often, to murderers, child molesters, gangsters etc. No different than the world of bikers, just it would be something that would have to be consistent, which would then take me out of my comfort zone, again.
I also play guitar and bass, I just need more musicians, and we can make music together. Or, I need to find a band…… I guess what I am trying to say is this, our wonderful Lord and Savior moves us out of our comfort zones from time to time. I have become selfish with my time, did you notice I said, my time? I learn slowly sometimes. I am forever indebted to my Lord. He has brought me through many deserts in life, forgiven me, given me the example of Love to follow, and continues to guide and direct my life, even when I am stubborn and disobedient.
In case I haven’t told you lately, thank you for heeding the prompting of the Holy Spirit regarding this ministry. It is what and where it is because of you, all of you with your individual personalities, spiritual gifts and your life experiences! I have been so blessed through the years because of your enthusiasm and faithfulness to the Lord. Making ministry a large part of your life comes with its challenges. But none of you are alone. And I’ll tell you something else, that enemy of ours that skulks around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour, he will fill your mind at times with thoughts of despair, and looking at quitting the ministry as the only option. Don’t ask me how I know. Just do me a favor, realize where that voice and those thoughts come from, and pray that the Lord will strengthen you for the journey, and that ministry is right where we all need to be involved, working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, giving others the hope of eternal life with the Friend that cannot be denied!
God bless every one of you. I will truly try to be there more for all of you when you need me to. I have failed many of you in that area, and I ask for your forgiveness.
Until He comes in the clouds to escort us home, I remain Rod Nelson, imperfect child of God, Apostle in training, wanting to do the right thing and never cause any of my Brothers or Sisters to stumble.