I just got back from a trip to the east coast with my kids, and we had a blast!
My brother is stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and since we haven’t seen his family in years, we planned a vacation. What a blessing to be able to mark so many things off my bucket list in one shot!
We were able to see some amazing things, such as Valley Forge, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Delaware River where Washington’s troops crossed in the middle of the night, Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty, as well as several sights in New York City (the 9-11 memorial was my favorite – very moving). We also spent one day at the Jersey Shore, walking the boardwalk, riding the rides, and playing in the waves.
One thing that amazed me about the trip was that I constantly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit watching over us. (Or maybe it was simply that I paid better attention, because He’s always there.) God made the trip possible, and He gave me peace about being away from home for 9 days without my husband. The first morning of the trip, I was so moved with gratitude that tears came to my eyes.
God is so good to us, isn’t He?
I wish I remembered that more often.
It’s not something I’ve ever considered before, that God would put effort into the little things to make a vacation more enjoyable. Why would He bother with something that seems so trivial?
But He did. I learned that God even cares about vacations. He loves to bless us in the little things, whether in the daily grind or when we are away from home. I saw it clearly on this trip. We rarely hit any crowds in all the places we went and everything seemed to flow so smoothly, from our travel connections to kind workers to the nice weather.
And while I felt the efforts of the enemy trying to ruin the trip a few times, God’s plan prevailed, and we have come home with amazing memories and full hearts.
And a new determination to pay more attention to the little blessings God gives each day, no matter where I am.