It’s been a while since we’ve taken our last family vacation, but always will live in my memory. Since we’re at the height of summer, I thought I’d share a re-run today.
Summer vacations – ah, the days of swimming at the lake, long walks, lazy days, fun times with family. I remember one family vacation in particular when our two oldest were in high school and our youngest just entering her tweens. We looked forward to that trip and planned it for months.
We were on the last few days of a trip out west. The sun didn’t show up for more than a few minutes on that whole trip. It didn’t take long for everyone to get tired of being together in the comfy new van. Driving through the Road to the Sun while surrounded by fog, was just the beginning. Suddenly se were on a quest to the west coast and a first look at the ocean.
By this time, there was no singing camp songs. Tensions were mounting fast and to tell you the truth fun times with family just weren’t happening. When we finally reached Washington state we never actually got to see the ocean. It was fogged in.
The trip we planned for, turned into a disaster. We were just a bunch of crabby people who weren’t getting along much. It seemed nothing was going to satisfy us.
Sometimes the things we plan for in life don’t always turn out the way we want them to. Our expectations are high in the beginning, then we fall prey to disappointment. Our natural tendency is to feel sorry for ourselves and try to plan things that won’t discourage us. As with most things in life, we like to maintain control over our path. By doing so, were setting ourselves up for disappointment.
We become discouraged – we cave to disappointment – we even lose hope sometimes.
Still, even in the roughest of times – or the hiccups of every day – God tells us not to be discouraged. He has wonderful things in store for us. The truth is, we aren’t going to have smooth sailing in this world, but our future life in eternity will be a breeze!