Lent 2016: This piece originally appeared in the He Reads Truth Lent Series. Along with many of their reading plans you can find it here in full.
Our culture has a well-documented obsession with travel. Wanderlust is deep in the heart of nearly every person I know. We want to go where there is newness and life and adventure! And believe me, I totally get it.
When I was in college, three of my buddies and I piled into an old minivan and set out on a 5,000 mile road trip. It took us about 14 days to journey through 12 states. We camped in national parks, slept in parking lots, and traveled on a shoestring budget. It was a life-giving and life-changing adventure, and certainly a trip that I’ll always be glad I took. I think my friends would say the same thing.
Here’s the thing, though. At about day 10, we were tired, dirty, and disagreeing about where might be the best place to get a solid night’s sleep. You can run on adrenaline and Redbull for a while, but eventually you realize there is no substitute for a good night’s rest.
In our tiredness and fatigue, tempers flared and words were spoken. Don’t worry; we worked it out. But it was in that moment that I realized that pots and pans and warm clothes weren’t the only things I had packed. I certainly had intended to leave my problems behind and toss my cares to the wind, but ultimately they came with me whether I wanted them to or not...
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