Surrendering Our Plans

5:12 a.m. On the bus to Lampung

It’s been a few days since I’ve written. With spotty Internet access and traveling from the south to Bangkok, we’ve been quite busy.

Did I mention we became three? Yes, our friend Susana has become part of our traveling band. It’s been great to have her.

So Bangkok. In comparison to Phuket: big, imposing, busy, and urban. We were only there for just under 2 days, and I think that was enough for me.

We took an overnight bus in, arriving at our hostel around 6:30 a.m. The supposed “VIP” bus we took with its quite garish decor and flamboyant attendants made us wonder if we paid a few baht too much, Continue reading

Traveling with the Good Shepherd

2:51 a.m. China time.

I’m still en route to my destination. I must admit my confidence in Benadryl was a little misplaced as it did not help me sleep the way I thought it would. =\ Nonetheless, some sporadic rounds of sleep did come during this flight.

I was thinking about this journey and how even to the last it wasn’t sinking in that I was going. I remarked to my friends the night I left that I was so used to previous trips where I did extensive Internet research, planned an itinerary to the letter, even had tickets in hand for certain legs of the trip. this time, I don’t feel prepared at all.

But I am prepared. Continue reading

Your “Wait”

When the door is shut to my hopes and my deepest dreams, God You are there. You are lovingly keeping me from experiencing anything less than Your best because You love me, You love us too much to have me settle for anything less.

Every difficult circumstance, situations that don’t make sense are part of God’s moving me forward. I’m moving forward! I think I’m beginning to understand somehow.

I have been looking at this all wrong. All I could see was my pain, my discomfort in this waiting You told me to do, but You are good and You love me. You are wise beyond compare and hold the stars in Your hands. Your “wait” means “I love you”. Oh God help me see clearly!

  

Somewhere at 50,000 Miles

OdometerThis entry is for all those who examine their lives and wonder if they’ve really gotten that far.

Where to begin.

This Saturday, I realized I was going to hit a milestone. My car’s odometer was nearing the end of 49,000 miles and on its way to 50,000.  It gave me pause to think. Have I seriously driven that many miles in such a short time? See, I’ve only had this car for 2 1/2 years. I did not think I’d reach 50,000 so soon.  Looking back on 50,000 miles was monumental as I considered all the places I had gone in those thousands of miles and all of the places I had not. Continue reading