When Adventures Go Wrong
We love to camp, but we don’t “just camp.” When we camp, we bring everything. We bring so much stuff, it usually fills up both our cars. It might sound crazy to you, but tent camping is much better with an air mattress and a coffee maker.
This year, we broke down a finally bought a travel trailer. We LOVE our camper, but our first time out in it, is quite a story.
This spring, Josh had not been feeling well. We had been to the doctor multiple times and he recommended that Josh get a cardiac catheterization test done. It pretty much leaves your right hand unusable for a week. After spending an entire day at the hospital, the test came back negative. We were so relieved. It was such a stressful time for us. We were ready to go somewhere and just rest. So we thought, why not take out the new camper?
Below is the actual text conversation that Chrissy had with one of her friends about our trip.
As you can tell, we were done! Our hopes of a relaxing, easy weekend in the new camper were dead. Our relaxing two day weekend turned into a less than 24-hour mess.
Sometimes your adventures don’t go as planned. You have great expectations, but they don’t work out. Ruined adventures can bring disappointment, discouragement, stress and accusation. It happens, and it usually happens at the worst time.
We were created for Eden. Our hearts long for the adventures we plan. The problem is, there is a fallen world out there. It’s doing everything it can to come between you and your spouse.
The Bible says we have an enemy who is seeking to steal, kill and destroy you. How many times have you planned some time for just the two of you, just to have some sort of disaster happen right before you leave or right in the middle? The enemy is walking around trying to devour your marriage. He does it in ways we usually don’t see right off hand. He does it by coming between you and your spouse. He wants to ruin your time together.
Chances are, you already knew that. But what about this? When was the last time you asked God if you should do this adventure? Two weeks before our disastrous camping trip, we really wanted to go camping. The weather was iffy, but we really wanted to get out. We didn’t know what to do, so we prayed. We felt like God was telling us not to go. So we didn’t. However, this trip, we didn’t even ask. We did what we wanted to do.
Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 6:13
This does not mean to plan whatever you want, then ask God to bless it. It means to seek God first and find out what He wants you to do.
So next time, before you start planning, ask God. He will tell you. He cares about what you care about and wants the best for you. If you get a yes, you know your plans will succeed! It’s so easy just to move through our days and not include God in our plans. This is something we are working on. We want to walk with God daily, not just in the big things.
You are probably saying, “That’s great and all, but right now my adventure is a mess. I didn’t ask God, and everything is going wrong. My spouse and I are mad at each other and we aren’t even talking. What am I supposed to do now?”
This is where is gets hard. You HAVE to come together. One of you (guys, here is your chance) is going to have to grow up and be the leader. Remember, two is better than one and three is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Come together, pray, and invite God into the situation. Trust Him. Use a little faith! He wants to turn your situation around and make it good (Romans 8:28).
We had to do a lot of praying on our camping trip. We got aggravated with each other and with our kids, but God turned it around. It has turned out to be one of the funniest stories we now share as a family.
We would love to see your adventures! Post your adventures on social media and tag us. Use the hashtags, #alongtheroad and #teammariage.