Jill Kemerer has a wonderful writer’s blog that encourages her readers to set a Friday goal. Everyone posts their goals and then there is an encouraging accountability that results. You remember what you posted and then you are more apt to work on the goal. A further encouragement is the knowledge that Jill is probably praying for you to accomplish what you have set forth to do.
Well, two weeks ago I had a goal and I was embarrassed to post it. You see, our family was finally preparing for a vacation we had to delay for 3 years: a trip to the glorious Abacos. And, my goal was to relinquish my fear of travel.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I used to love to travel. It was a craving born out of a lifetime of living on different continents and being exposed to multiple cultures. The problem? Over the years my list of food intolerances has grown to embarrassing proportions. Besides gluten intolerance/celiac disease, I can’t have dairy, sugar, honey, caffeine and many, many additives. In addition, I have to be cautious with citrus, nuts, raisins, and bananas. Consequently, sometimes when I go places I feel I have only two choices: starve or get sick. As we prepared, I thought of Jill’s goal for the week and I set my goal to give my fear of the trip to God. I know that fear robs us of joy and keeps us bound in a predictable boring box. I prayed that my body would cooperate, that our friends we were visiting would understand (I still find it hard to explain to people why they can’t double-dip their bread knife in my jar of mayo!), and that I would be able to eat without worry and enjoy our long-awaited vacation to its fullest.
Well, I packed my personal gluten-free staples (Fearn Brown Rice Baking Mix, Quinua noodles, Silk Soy Milk, Mary’s Gone Crackers), my husband sent our friends a list of foods I could eat, and I stuffed my purse with allowable edibles to stave off hunger during the flight.
What a wonderful five days! We snorkeled reefs and a blue hole, we swam to a deserted beach, we climbed a lighthouse and hiked over rocks surrounded by incredible views. We saw endangered parrots, we ate fresh-caught fish, and best of all, I never got sick! Fear wanted to keep me home, but prayer, preparation, and understanding friends allowed for the most glorious five-day trip I can remember!
Ps 53:5 “There were thy in great fear, where no fear was…”
John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”