This October my wife and I had the pleasure of going on our honeymoon in Aruba. For those of you who have never been – Aruba is idyllic, friendly, and nothing short being a little slice of heaven on Earth. Below are a few pictures from our trip.
What I want to share with you today is an idea that climbed into my mind during the trip and hasn’t let go since we’ve been back.
My wife and I were way overdue for a vacation. It had been a crazy last couple of years with family changes, switching jobs multiple times, and finishing our degrees. We prayed and planned as thoroughly as we could and placed the trip in God’s hands. It was rejuvenating: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. There is something to be said for taking time to really let yourself disconnect from the world and reconnect with just your own thoughts and God’s truths.
During the trip we put on our adventurous hats and tried a few excursions. We saw 130+ feet underneath the ocean inside a submarine. An amazing jeep driver took us through the mountains of Aruba and down to a secluded natural pool. And my wife showed off her snorkeling skills (while also helping me not fail completely at it!).
However, the idea that stuck with me began before we ever set foot upon that beautiful island. We live in Ohio, which means 9 times out of 10 we need a connecting flight to get to where we want to go. In order to get to Aruba, we had to fly to New York first. And on the way back, we stopped in Atlanta. In order to get to our desired destination we had to go somewhere else first. Somewhere that could be considered “off course” if we didn’t know the stop was necessary.
While this idea with the connecting flights was playing around in my head, a friend sent me a Tedx talk by Victoria Labalme called Risk Forward. The whole idea behind her talk was that you never really know where the journey of life is going to take you. All you can do is take the next step that is right in front of you. Because it could be that place or idea which takes you to the place you actually need to be or the idea you really need to be pursuing. In other words, all of life is a series of connecting flights. The problem is, we only look for non-stop ones.
Our time in Aruba allowed my wife and I to be grateful for so many things that God has done in our lives over the last few years. But it also enabled us to step back and take a serious look at where we are now. There are things we want to see happen, prayers we are hoping God will answer, and challenges we are struggling to overcome. This trip helped us realize that next steps probably aren’t going to be everything we want them to be. But what they will certainly be are connecting flights to options we aren’t even aware of yet.
I don’t know if you are frustrated with the place God has you at now. Maybe you’re exactly where you want to be, maybe not. For those of you who feel like you’re “off course” let me assure you, you’re not. This is the journey that leads to your journey. This is the chapter that leads to the rest of your story. You’re not lost, you’re just in the process of catching your connecting flight.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
– Psalm 138:8