I was supposed to depart today on a long anticipated trip. I’ll say right up front. I am not the only one whose travel plans have been disrupted, canceled. Far from it.
A year ago I got hurt in a car accident. Hurt badly. The travel today was originally set for a couple of months after my accident. That trip had to be canceled as my injuries were too significant to allow for travel.
Today was to be the rescheduled trip from last August.
I’m supposed to be on my way to the Faroe Islands, connecting through Iceland. Both countries have closed their borders, so even if I found a way to leave the United States, I could not travel to Iceland or the Faroe Islands.
Still…I wanted to try….
The trip will be rescheduled once again, but when it will be cannot be known this night.
As I was watering the pots of plants on my deck today, I was stopped in my tracks. There, just under the large foliage of one of my Icelandic Angelica plants were blooms! I have waited three years for this plant to bloom. And there it was, this day, the day I was to be on my way to Iceland and on to the Faroe Islands.
Do I believe in signs? Not necessarily, but I do believe if I keep my eyes open to my surroundings, an image might be presented to me that gives me both solace and hope. It felt like I was to discover my Angelica producing blooms just as I was mourning my trip lost.
So where to find comfort and how to see hope? The first place I thought to look is scripture
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we hear, “…because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
Today I am so disappointed. Yes, it is temporary. And what I cannot see, I believe will be revealed.
I’m left with the need to trust and to rest in the Lord, for God will offer me profound peace this night.
Traveling, not traveling mercies.