Expect the Unexpected

My family and I went to San Marcos for the 4th of July. The trip – which normally takes 2.5 hours – took close to 5 hours! I-10 was at a standstill in some parts because of a chemical spill. The line to the ladies restrooms at several establishments was out the door and around the corner! And fast food restaurants were running out of ice quicker than they could fill the machines…
When finally we got our destination and unloaded our things, we realized we had left some behind; and I had to make a special trip to the store to buy what we were missing! By the time I left the store, I was beyond annoyed and cranky. I took a few deep breathes and asked God to grant me patience and grace to accept the day as it was. 
I made the resolution to enjoy the rest of the day and to relax… My niece and I went river tubing while my mother grilled fajitas. We struggled to get into the river with the flow of traffic! And once we were both in the tube and in the water, we could go not get the tube to float in the direction we wanted! A man came to our rescue though, he grabbed our tube while he tugged his wife’s and took us to the direction of the flowing current. But our fun did not last! Shortly after we had gotten in the river, it started to rain! But it wasn’t just any rain, we were under a full-blown hail and thunderstorm!
Some might think that our trip was a total bust. But I was reminded of an invaluable lesson.  All I could think of – while we were struggling with our things and running for cover – was a lesson we learned during last year’s mission: Expect the unexpected!
As we have prepared for this year’s mission, we have had a few surprises and many more blessings. But we know God is good! “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8. We must trust that while we go take care of God’s work, He will take care of us and our uncertainties!
To the missionaries traveling for the first time – expect the unexpected, be “ok” asking for and receiving help and of course, and take deep breaths when things do not go as planned!
To our family and friends, please be patient! We will try to post every night, but it will depend on internet service and of course, pray for our safe journey and that God’s will may be done during His mission.
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