Then retirement was here (really, don’t blink), and we were trying to figure out a new normal. One thing was certain, however; with kids, family and friends living in different states, we knew travel would become a large part of the new normal for us. We love to travel and enjoy the adventure it brings. It is always fun to see with our eyes what we’ve only previously seen in photos.
When we received the invitation to attend a wedding of the daughter of close family friends—and my ministry partner, Chrissy—in California over Labor Day weekend, we discussed the fun we might have traveling across country to attend. What an experience it would be and we’d get to spend the day celebrating with them. We also realized this presented us with an opportunity to live in our long-imagined-dream. And so, with a little fear and in trepidation we took a plunge and purchased a little Coleman Thor travel home.
After spending weeks ironing out so many details—oh my, there are so many details—we spent the entire day Saturday packing, loading, and preparing for our departure. We took a quick trip to see our kids and say goodbye—Granddaughter Emery didn’t make it easy to say, “good-bye,” but my finger is now adorned with a beautiful ring made by her to remember her along the way. She made me promise—again—that I would update them every single day as to what we are and what we’ve done. This is a product of that request – the Where in the World are Papa and Mimi blog post.
We overslept on Sunday and, while tempted to skip out on church, we didn’t. And boy, were we glad we were there; we were blessed by a great teaching, hugged and encouraged by friends and sent off with prayer. We hit the road and headed West and spend the first night at my parents in Westfield – baby steps. We needed a place to practice using the RV with water, we didn’t do that on our maiden-voyage we took to their house in July. This time we’re actually going to use the shower, stove and anything we will need as we enter . ☺️
This whole RV Life has given me plenty of comparisons to the Faith Life as we step into something completely new to us. Having never travelled in an RV before, we’ve found ourselves overwhelmed at different times, and feeling as though we’ve taken a bigger bite than we can chew. There’s so much to learn and a lot of unknown Yet, like a faith journey, we’ve had people walk beside us with answers to questions and suggestions on how to succeed. (Thank goodness for YouTube videos and Facebook Newbies groups and wise friends) That’s all we need, isn’t it? Someone to help us figure out the “how-to” and share from their learned experiences.
This is what we can do for one another as we live out this life of faith. When someone is trying to figure it out – let them take baby steps. Be a safe landing place for them. If they make a misstep, remind them it’s okay and there is plenty of road still before them. When they’re overwhelmed because the journey is unknown and they find themselves a bit unsure, remind them of God’s encouragement to Joshua when he was about to step out into his new role, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NLT).
That verse was in my devotions this morning and I took it as a sweet kiss from the Lord. He reminded me that when fear of the unknown hits me, or I begin to wrestle with anxiety of the bite we’ve taken, I can rest in the knowledge that He is with us wherever we go. That’s something we all can do.
Day one - done.
PS, Sorry that this is late, Emery. Internet issues. 🤷🏼♀️