Spiritual Experiences from The Adventures of Space and Hobo
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Spiritual Experiences from The Adventures of Space and Hobo

Spiritual Experiences from
The Adventures of Space and Hobo

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The Adventures of Space and Hobo

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Even though I wasn’t following Christ at the time, I still remained a seeker at heart, which opened me up to the spiritual maze of all the beliefs that were being espoused in the early 1970s.

I would discover over the next several months that my beliefs in God and Jesus Christ would be tested and challenged to the point that I would not know for sure what I really believed. I was about to encounter other belief systems that seemed really fascinating and alluring. Even though I wasn’t following Christ at the time, I still remained a seeker at heart, which opened me up to the spiritual maze of all the beliefs that were being espoused in the early 1970s. Would I be able to navigate through this maze without losing what I had begun to find while in Vietnam? Only time would tell.

While in Vietnam I had an enormous spiritual experience that awakened my spiritual senses. At that time, I—along with several of my Vietnam buddies—began to get into Jesus and the Bible. It was a wonderful time of discovery for me with the seeds of Christianity being planted in my life. So, there I was in Gatlin Creek, Texas, at a Rock Festival getting my first real dose of alternative ideas to Christianity. The seeds of doubt were being planted.

I was still very much in the process of finding my way through the spiritual maze I was in. I no longer felt lost and insecure with my life and where it was headed. Even though I had come to peace with myself with the life I was now living, I knew deep down in my heart there was still a sense of completeness I wasn’t experiencing. There was still a hunger and a thirst for God that wasn’t being filled. I think I knew deep down in my heart that it wouldn’t be fulfilled until I fully surrendered to God and His purpose for my life, but I was unwilling to come to that place at this juncture. I still wanted to taste and see what the world and this lifestyle had to offer. I really enjoyed getting high and experiencing such a carefree lifestyle. I just wasn’t ready to give it up.

During our time in Florida we were hanging out in Coconut Grove and had taken some LSD. At one point during the acid trip we all decided to take off for another place that some of them were talking about. It was to be an adventure that would lead us into a place where we could discover the truth and the missing pieces for which we were all searching. It was really interesting because we were all on this trip together. We were all trying to discover the missing pieces to our lives. Yet, individually, each person was looking for something that was different. However, the adventure proved to be another dead end with us ending up in someone’s back yard as we were coming down off the LSD. Even though the acid trip was enjoyable in many ways, it had once again left me feeling empty and unfulfilled. I felt like I was being teased. While trying to navigate through the spiritual maze and connect the missing pieces of the puzzle to my life, I seemed to keep coming up empty time and time again.

I remember what my mother said to me the day I left home, “Kenny, you’re running from God.” I tried to convince her that what I was doing was somehow God’s plan for my life. I was deceived because of the drugs I was unwilling to give up at the time, which allowed Satan to get his deceptive hooks into me.

The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” I hadn’t experienced death yet, but I sure was one lost puppy. I was really hoping to find a way to connect with the vision I had while in Vietnam without having to give up drugs or the lifestyle I had now chosen. Talk about being deceived — I was very deceived, but too lost in myself to know how deeply.

I was aware that even though I may not be right with God, He hadn’t abandoned me. I even realized that Hobo had come into my life at this particular juncture as part of His protection in watching over me. God is faithful even when we are not.

I was really unsettled in my emotions and thoughts after being with the Jesus Freaks for a week or so. At one point, I was almost ready to totally give in to the Lord even though I was partially motivated by my infatuation with such a pretty girl as Kelly. If things would have turned out better, I would have been willing to let Hobo go his way and I would have stayed with the Jesus Freaks in their community. At the same time, I was continually sensing this inward force that was constantly moving me towards some unknown destiny that was still yet before me.

From the time I had experienced the vision of seeing my life flash before my eyes while in Vietnam and then saying, “Yes” to the Lord, “but we’re going to have to take this slow and easy,” I had this overwhelming sense from time to time. I felt that God was still with me, pushing me forward into whatever it was that He had in store for my life.

At one point during our hitchhiking adventures in Florida we were staying with a community of Jesus Freaks. Attending the Bible studies each evening with them had really awakened me—once again—to the truth of the Scriptures. It also brought back a lot of the wonderful memories of what I had experienced with Jesus and the Bible when I was in Vietnam.

While traveling through Mobile, Alabama after the episode with the Jesus Freaks, I realized I was still very much in the process of finding my way through the spiritual maze I was in. I no longer felt lost and insecure with my life and where it was headed. Even though I had come to peace with myself with the life I was now living, I knew deep down in my heart there was still a sense of completeness I wasn’t experiencing. There was still a hunger and a thirst for God that wasn’t being filled. I think I knew deep down in my heart that it wouldn’t be fulfilled until I fully surrendered to God and His purpose for my life, but I was unwilling to come to that place at this juncture. I still wanted to taste and see what the world and this lifestyle had to offer. I really enjoyed getting high and experiencing such a carefree lifestyle. I just wasn’t ready to give it up.