Day 8: Finding real gold
Day 8 (Wednesday 29th June 2011)
I took the most pictures on Day 8, and maybe I should tag it “fun in the fog” instead of “fun in the sun“, but I think youâ€™ll get the point â€“ it was a lot of fun! We began the day with a later start than normal, giving the saints staying in Berkeley time to get over to us in San Francisco. Then after we regrouped at the Blazing Saddles bike shop (having traversed the Golden Gate Bridge twice in the van, in an attempt to find it!) we shared the Christ we enjoy with the employees, were given the route and safety talk, were kitted out with helmets and bikes, test-rode our bikes down the blue mat, and were escorted down to the grass by the bay!
And we were off!
Well, not quite. We had lunch first! I joined some sisters for clam chowder in a bread bowl (reminds me of my visit to Seattle a few years back :)). And then… we really were off! It was a lot of fun, and the ride to the bridge was very pleasant and along bike paths (which was great for building my confidence, having not cycled since summer â€™06). And then it was time to cross the bridge again, this time on a bike! And double the fun – we cycled the bridge in the fog â€“ unable to see the middle of the bridge, let alone the end of it. (Some tell me that is typical of SF however!)
On the other side of the bridge was a town called Sausalito. Those of us who opted to do more cycling ended up doing less than the other group (as they got lost and had to cycle back… uphill!), but the town was pretty cute and the sun was shining there. We enjoyed the view on the ferry, past Alcatraz and back to SF, and cycled back along the streets to the bike shop. The Blazing Saddles crew were great in giving everyone an encouraging welcome back, and we took a group picture with the friendly employee who we had the most interaction with (if I get a copy, I’ll update this post).
We were rewarded for all our exercise with a feast at a restaurant with saints from both Berkeley and San Francisco. And wow, what a feast! Words cannot describe how yummy that wasâ€¦ yum, yum yum! And then somehow the students still had room, so it was back to the brothersâ€™ house for dessert and games. We played Apples to Apples again. In this game, you take turns to draw a card that has an adjective on it, and the other players play cards with nouns they think you will choose to match it. How well do you know me? If I had the word “golden”, what ‘card’ would you play? Think about it, and then read on…
Coming back to bridge now, please tell me, whatâ€™s so golden about the Golden Gate Bridge? Itâ€™s a brownish-reddish-burnt-orange kind of colour! Ok, so Wikipedia says that it is named that because it spans the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. Fair enough, but let me give you a taste of real gold, again related to the recent Summer Training on the Crystallisation-study of Psalms:
There are dove wings covered with silver,
And its pinions, with greenish yellow gold.
The dove wings signify the moving power of the Spirit (Matthew 3:16), silver signifies Christ in His redemption for our justification (Exodus 30:12-16, Matthew 26:15), the pinions signify the flying and soaring power of the Spirit (Isaiah 40:31), and the greenish-yellow gold signifies Godâ€™s divine nature, glittering with the divine life and glory (2 Peter 1:4; Exodus 26:29; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 4:3; Ezekiel 1:28)! All this is ours, for our experience and enjoyment. Wonderful! Then this is the â€˜goodâ€™ that we are loaded up with (Psalms 68:19) and take out with us for the preaching of the gospel (Psalms 68:26-28). Actually, this â€˜goodâ€™ is just God Himself â€“ He is the real glad tidings. Hallelujah, this is good news!
And now here is your reward for reading all of that: a selection of photos to encapsulate the day!
If you remember, you can comment below and tell me what you thought I might have chosen for “golden” :)