We had packed the campervan for two weeks in Tuscany via the Alps & the Med. Shorts & T-shirts & lots of sun cream. The four of us needed a sunshine infused holiday. I had researched the campsites & had planned the sights to see ( including the leaning tower of Pisa & the Duomo in Florence)
I just about got finished at work – & breathed a sigh of relief as we all clambered into the van.
Then, en route the ferry at Belfast, the van heaved & grew noisier. The Air Conditioning broke (although I t had just been fixed- apparently)
It’d be too uncomfortable in the heat sans A.C. I reluctantly agreed with Rob’s idea to stay north toward cooler climates. We turned left at Calais & kept driving! We visited Belgium, Germany, Denmark & the Netherlands. We went to the flower market in Amsterdam, got chocolate & waffles in Bruges & walked alongside the Wall in Berlin. We got drenched in Copenhagen & longed for the Italian sunshine. We drove past cornfields but wanted to see lakes & mountains after miles of flatness.
In life,things sometimes don’t work out as we anticipated. There are detours from our planned route when things go wrong- unexpected exam results, diagnoses & illnesses. Life can be interrupted by issues with our relationships, careers or health.
‘You may not want to embrace where you are.But it’s so important to embrace whose you are’. (Crystal Evans Hurst)
‘Even if it feels like nothing is turning out as you ultimately hoped, He who is Hope Himself is turning things around for your ultimate good'(Ann Voskamp)
We can trust Him in the detour.
‘Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! ‘(Proverbs 3:5&6 MSG)
And at the end of the day,
‘The good news is you don’t have to know where the trail leads in order to follow it’
(Chrystal Evans Hurst)
For,’Those who walk with God always reach their destination’ (Anon)
‘It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place’ (Elizabeth Elliot)