Geoff is sort of tired...in every conceivable way. I know, because I'm tired in the same ways, and have had MUCH less responsibility.
Trying to teach on behalf of Jim, while sharing from his own wealth of knowledge has been a juggling act in itself, for Geoff. Add a group that hoped for a different teacher, a group leader whose opinion, teaching, and schedule desires could trump prepared plans, a bus driver in need of direction and oversight, and a (not so) silent guide desperate to share off topic/incorrect info...Geoff juggled a nearly impossible task all week, with amazing peace and patience. I think I'm mostly tired from aching for him. Did I mention he didn't have any prep time and started this adventure exhausted?
If anything, the unusual variables and unique challenges have only proven to us how comparably EASY leading our own group would be. Geoff did a fantastic job, teaching almost continually during the day, both at sites and on the bus between destinations. He gave countless teachings and sermons based on prep he could squeeze in each night. In a sense he didn't have any prep time, but as far as the teaching info is concerned, I guess you could say he's been preparing for well over a decade.
I've long said he is my favorite teacher/preacher...but I've never seen anything like his performance this week. I wish everyone could experience it...I can only imagine what it would be like if he was rested, given prep time, and allowed to lead his own group as his study, passion, and experience allowed.
We made it to the Sea of Galilee this evening, and Jim will take over the group tomorrow. The group has been wonderfully gracious, openly appreciative, and very responsive to Geoff's teaching - encouraging him throughout which I couldn't be more thankful for.
Geoff has given more teachings in the last week than most preaching/teaching ministers do in several months, speaking almost continually for over 12 hours each day. As I lay here exhausted, there is one teaching in particular that cannot escape my heart, and I want to share it with you as well. It's the truth of this teaching that Geoff and I rejoice in as we end this week incredibly weary - but thankful - rejoicing in the GOD Who sustains us...
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb...
“They are before the throne of GOD and serve him day and night in his temple;
and HE who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
HE will lead them to springs of Living Water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.