A Vacation Gone Wrong

Filed in answered prayers, Charles, Christian Walk, faith, God's will by on July 22, 2015

 

Charles ready to roll

Charles ready to roll

Earlier this summer, Charles and I had an opportunity to go on a trip to the beach. Since we have been married, we haven’t been on any trips by ourselves except to visit family or for speaking engagements. But we prayed about it – and it just seemed that the Lord put all the pieces together so quickly that it really was His will for us to go. All the many details fell into place, all the staff members we would need to take with us were willing to go, I was able to

Beautiful views on the way there

Beautiful views on the way there

find a place that was wheelchair accessible that would allow us to have a hospital bed delivered, and I was also able to find someone to deliver a hospital bed etc. Just a lot of crazy and complicated details that all seemed to fall into place. Even the packing worked out well. We have previously either traveled with our big black van or had a uhaul but neither are easy options because they are both hard to drive. This time we decided to just take our van and my highlander. If you have ever seen the amount of stuff that we have to take with us – it’s pretty insane, and somehow we squished all of that, plus everyone’s luggage in, and we were off.

unpacking 3

Unpacking

One of Charles’ greatest physical struggles however, as we have mentioned before is his extreme and I mean extreme sensitivity to smells. So I was really relieved to head up to the condo when we first got there and not smell anything that I felt was too serious. It ended up being a longer trip than expected and we got in really late. I had to

Unpacking some more

Unpacking some more

head to Walmart to get more supplies after we unloaded and left Charles and the staff to get everything set-up and get Charles’ night routine started. When I returned, at nearly midnight, apparently there was some kind of major smell in the condo that was giving Charles major physical grief. There were sliding doors that opened up to the beach in the room he was in that we thought would help air out the condo, but we were

unable to get the doors opened.

Unpacking even more

Unpacking even more

We woke up the next day extremely exhausted and Charles feeling horrible. He didn’t believe that he would physically be able to endure staying there because of the smells. We had searched and searched for a possible source, but nothing could be found.

I was heart broken and crying and pretty much having a self-pity session. We had spent so much time and effort and money to have a much needed break and really felt that the Lord had opened the doors for us to come, only for us to have to return even more exhausted and worn out than before.

It didn’t make sense – and mostly, it just wasn’t fair.

But I knew that life wasn’t always fair. But I really had believed that it was God’s will for us to go. So why would He have us go, just for it to not work out?

It didn’t make any sense.

I was praying and my family was praying. I know it was just a vacation, but we so desperately needed this.

I emailed the owners of the condo about the sliding door that wouldn’t open and as we continued to further discuss leaving the next day, a

At the beach!

At the beach!

handyman showed up to repair the door. As he was working on the door – somehow out of “nowhere” a pack of cinnamon wax melts came out of where he was working on the door. It was in the general area that everyone thought the smell was coming from but no one could find anything. Cinnamon is one of Charles’ greatest triggers.

And there it was. I immediately grabbed it up and sent it down the garbage shoot.

I couldn’t believe it.

And now, we were even able to keep the doors open to keep the condo aired out.

Charles on the Pier

Charles on the Pier

It wasn’t a total fix, and because of the general smells in the area and sunscreen that staff were having to use etc, but it made the solution do-able for Charles and we were able to stay on and finish out our vacation and truly have a wonderful time together.

 

Someday the extra challenges of life are overwhelming. Sometimes the smell issues are just too much to handle and in my weakness, I ask God, “why”? Why after all the suffering Charles already faces, and the every day challenges we already go through, do we need the extra layer of challenge of the scent, smell and irritant problems. It makes no

Charles finally got some fried oysters!

Charles finally got some fried oysters!

sense. We have tried everything too that any doctor in all of West Tennessee could offer to help the situation with no help. And sometimes it seems that the Lord does not hear those cries. But it is in circumstances like these, when God so clearly reminds me that He does hear. Though He may not always take it away, He takes care of our problems when we need Him to even when it involves a vacation.

It may have taken over an hour to get Charles into this beach chair, but it was so worth it!

It may have taken over an hour to get Charles into this beach chair, but it was so worth it!

Lately we have been understaffed and finding people that can be “scent free” enough is always a challenge and can take up to several weeks. I have been very discouraged at times because Charles has to have people to take care of

him, but at the same time he can’t be around smells and it just seems to be an impossible feat. But this simple reminder of when God so clearly answered our prayers, has strengthened my faith and trust in the Lord that He will supply our needs despite what seems to be an impossible situation at times.

There has also been times where we believed that we have followed the Lord’s leading, yet once we get there, everything seems to have fallen apart and we wonder why God would lead us here, just for it to not work out. But

Charles and Spring at the Marina

Charles and Spring at the Marina

just like our vacation trip, the Lord did not lead us there for it to be for nothing, but what seemed to be a disastrous situation, He turned around in a way that only He could.

Sometimes in our life, it is in the most unlikely of circumstances that God so clearly is evident in our lives.

It is these times that strengthen my faith for the upcoming and more difficult circumstances. It is always a matter of constantly trusting the Lord, seeking Him, and not focusing on

our circumstances, but on the One who can make any circumstance turn around for His good.

 

Hanging out on our front porch recovering from our vacation!

Every vacation always needs a recovery!

 

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