Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Vacation I Did Not Want to Take, But I am Glad I Did

I had no desire to go away to Maine for a vacation. I made that fact known many times over several weeks. A week in a house with 26 other people did not sound like a vacation, no matter that it was a lovely, large lake house, and they were people that I love. It sounded like living life in a different space without the comfort of my snug, safe home. And life had been feeling tough lately, and all I wanted was rest, to lay in bed and not be bothered. Every time I mentioned to my family members that maybe it would be best if I stayed home, maybe they should go without me, I was given the look. You know the look, the one that says you are ridiculous and stop talking that nonsense immediately. 

So on vacation I went with my family, and it started gray and wet with a huge cup of spilled ice water on the floor of the car and hours upon hours of rain. My family and I arrived safe, just in time for me to help cook dinner and converse with family members I had not seen for weeks, months. I went to bed, tired from the long drive, but full of food and conversation. 

The next morning the sunlight spilled into the room at 5 o'clock, and I climbed out of bed feeling better than I had in weeks. I was excited for the day ahead. That day I hiked a ski slope, and it was hard but worth it. And every day after that first day started bright and early and was full of physical activity. By the end of the week, I was tired and ready for home, but in the best possible way. My body was tired, but my mind was excited, happy and ready for more adventure. 

On the drive home, I thought about my negative feelings before the vacation, and I realized that the trip that I did not want to take was what I needed exactly. And I pondered how many times through the years that I had rejected an outing or gathering because it felt intimidating. How many uplifting and edifying experiences have I missed because I stayed home? 

Looking at the situation from the outside, of course, it makes sense that I would go on vacation with my family, but honestly, I had no desire to go. I am thankful that my family did not allow me to stay home. I am thankful that they knew better than I what I needed to do. I am thankful for their love. Always they make me better and remind me that I am loved beyond comprehension. Through their care, I am reminded of my Father's love and how His plans for me are always exactly what I need. 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.   
Jeremiah 29:11
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