I struggle with getting out of my routine. I love getting up in the morning, listening to a sermon, reading blogs, taking the dogs for a run or a walk, and then going off to do my work for the day. However, travel is so good at upsetting that routine which is a WONDERFUL thing for an eating disorder. Eating disorders love predictability, but God loves to train His children to trust Him. That’s what travel has taught me.
As you’re reading this, we’re off on a 5 week adventure to Europe. I’m kind of shocked that I’m saying that, but I’m also grateful for this opportunity. I’m such a homebody, but I am just bursting with excitement about all the challenges that are coming up on this trip. There will be days when I don’t officially ‘exercise.’ There will be days of eating probably bread and chocolate and cheese and no or very few veggies or fruits.
Yet this will be so good.
Why is it good?
- It teaches me to cry out to the Lord that I might see His lovingkindness and not depend on my routine to make me happy. Psalm 143:8, ‘Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.’
- It teaches me to be strong and of good courage and not trust in myself but trust in God, knowing that even the challenges that might make me feel really uncomfortable will be for my good and most of all give glory to my God!
‘Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- It teaches me to ENJOY, to slow down and not just power through the routine. It teaches me to glorify God and enjoy Him in the hours in the car, in the chocolate I just ate, in the ice cream cones we all enjoyed, in the sunrise we saw, in trying to talk to people by using hand expressions instead of English because I don’t know any other languages.
It teaches me to jump out of my comfort zone and grow.
It’s in the fire that we grow; I’m amazed because God uses that fire to refine and purge away the dross that is still a part of me. Isaiah 1:24-26 says, ‘Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies. And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin. And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellers as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.’
In that precious powerful passage God is speaking about how He is going to purge away the impurities from His children in Judah and Jerusalem. He sees their sins and their whoredom and their iniquities against Him, and God is holy. He can’t stand sin. So He has to purge it.
That’s what these trips do to me. They reveal the things that still need to be purged, the places where I am still faithless and weak and where I need to be strengthened.
Yes, there will be scary parts, but I have to know that God is using this to purge me, to show me my need to trust Jesus more and more every day, and completely glory only in His grace to me and not anything that I have done.
This travel will get me out of that routine and give me a routine of being challenged, growing, and learning. I’m …. excited with a bit of … anxiety at the edges. But it’s going to be good, because God is good to me!
I shared more thoughts on this very short podcast episode. Thank you again also to my AMAZING Bliss Nut Butters Podcast sponsor. I hope to do a feature post when I return from the vacation all about one of my very favorite nut butter companies.
Ok, so let’s talk now about your travel experiences!
Do you have a time when you were forced to get out of your routine?
Was it hard? How did you embrace getting out of the routine?