I woke up this morning thinking, “I can’t believe I’m going to Europe for three weeks with my daughters!  I’m so excited!” 

The very next thought was, “I can’t believe I’m going to Europe for three weeks with my daughters!  Have I lost my mind???”

Going with my daughters is the easy part. It’s the fact that my husband is not going as our fearless leader that has me trembling. I mean, I know I can do this, but…

I remember January 1984, my junior year in college. Terrified, I boarded a plane by myself bound for Germany.  I was going to study in Freiburg im Breisgau for a semester. It sounded like a wonderfully exciting journey until my parents stuck me on that plane by myself. I sat in my seat staring out the window, tears streaming down my face like a 5-year-old. I returned six months later a different person, confident and addicted to travel.  

For those six months, I appreciated the nearness of God like never before.

I remember September 24, 1991. I began my journey into Motherhood with the birth of my husband Larry’s and my first child, Bobby. I remember later that week holding our newborn son in my arms as the nurse led us out to our car. I thought, “Are they really going to let us just walk out of here with this helpless baby?” I know we paid for him, but, seriously, what do we know about raising a baby? I resisted the urge to shout to Larry, “Make a run for it before they realize what they’re doing and stop us!” 

Over the past 21 years of this fantastic voyage, I’ve appreciated the very present help of God in times of trouble. (So has our son…he not only survived his infancy, but he’s grown into a well-adjusted, happy man.)

And I remember October 2, 2008, boarding a plane for Italy with my 11-year-old daughter Carolyn for an unexpected journey. I’d originally planned to accompany my dad to Italy, but knee surgery sidelined him. He sent Carolyn to accompany me instead. I trembled at the thought that she’d be completely dependent upon me in a country where I couldn’t speak the language or use the currency converter. 

Over those three weeks, I appreciated the still soft voice of God that led and comforted me each step of the way. (And I appreciated the resilient, fun nature He gave Carolyn that made even the “Oh no!” moments laughable…there were plenty of those. I really didn’t understand how to use the currency converter!)

Can I really do this trip today?

Yes, I can for God is with me!

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:8

 What has God taught you on one of your favorite grand adventure or your funniest misadventure? Please share a comment below.

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