Why did it not strike us as odd that people had to sign a paper promising not to go "off road" with the rental car. Off road?
What if we get stranded thousands of miles from home?
We have a 32 ounce quick stop iced tea and a can of Pringles.
We aren’t armed. We have no money. No cell phone.
No resources to get out of here except this rental car -- clearly violating the rental agreement and about to be sunk in the mud.
Umm...Had he recently taken out an insurance policy I was clearly unaware of?
I looked up to see the end of the terrain jetting out into a sea. The landscape was spectacular. I was staring at the same type of view which left one Captain asking 'Why is all the Rum Gone?" in a recent box office hit pirate movie.
The sun beams reflected off of the white sand of a secluded beach which stretched further in both directions than my eyes could see.
Just as our reliable local described…we were alone -- in paradise -- well sort of.
There were two surfers on the waves riding in with style. One in his 60’s and possibly his grandson about 20 years old.
The trip had been planned and paid for before he lost his job as an aerospace engineer. After 9/11 no one wanted to fly and many workers were laid off including my husband!
My parent's (who helped Richard plan the surprise) Christmas gift was a week's help with our kids so we could go on this trip.
He smiled and asked, “Do you mind a little adventure?”
Our list of instructions included some very cool local eating places-which mostly consisted of little houses with a grandmother cooking for a few people sitting around her table as she worked -- how to get in to the cool part of where Jurassic Park was filmed, and directions to "the real paradise" for our Anniversary!
Our anniversary day came and we followed the detailed directions to "the real paradise"…and by detailed I mean:
Well okay then...'Lesgo'!
After quite a drive through a nice part of the island, we stumbled on to the abandoned sugar cane factory. We turned left where the guy told us to turn. Red mud! lots of wet pot holes and red mud!
I began to focus on the potholes, the mud, the overgrown sugar cane, the lack of money, the evidence of possible isolation and danger because of the fact that we were now near an abandoned missile base and still contemplating all the possible reasons we may need a hatchet…and don't forget toothless Old Pete and his dog...I lost sight of the destination at the end of the journey. I was having what our Hawaiian fried might say was a 'Haad Rub'!
Do I fail to believe that His promises are true?
Focus on the mud slung at me because of my faith, my race, my differences, my past, my present?
Assume the worst by doubting and mistrusting others?
Forget to love and be kind and forgiving?
Worry over bills that crowd in like overgrown sugar cane fields?
Allow isolation -- fear -- uncertainty -- new situations to paralyze me instead of challenge me on life's adventures?
What is happening in your life...right now...that is keeping your focus off of the exciting adventure?
Are you letting uncertainty paralyze you?
Just like Ol' Pete...Those fears are toothless in the presence of Our Mighty God!
It is during these times, God reaches over to me...puts his hand on my knee and says, "Kathy...Trust ME!"
When my focus is on Him, my journey will truly be a wonderful adventure!
Barking Sands Beach
We were supposed to return for our 30th anniversary, but as many of our readers know, Kathy was in a level one trauma care unit for 62 days during that time. After 2 surgeries (which left scars that make her swimsuit modeling career a long shot and the new McGarrett and Danno's scars seem like scratches) and coming out of a coma...Hawaii had to wait!
She was planning a surprise for Rich -- to go back to this very spot.
Thanks to all who prayed during this difficult time!
Recovery was a blessing and all is well with K, but in August of this year Rich had a tear in an artery in his neck, a stroke, leaving medical bills and a change in plans.
Again, relying on the Lord to help us see the beauty in the journey not just at the end of the road!
Hawaii, we miss you! Maybe next time the Big Island and then Oahu!
In the meantime our son has introduced us to binge watching the New Hawaii Five-0! Kathy got to see a couple of episodes in the hospital and Rich owned the whole boxed set of the original series before it was even cool again.
We may even try to get Rich to the next season's "Sunset on the Beach" premiere! Go check them out this season on CBS!
Thanks for reading and sharing!
Kathy and Richard
A Gentle Answer Ministries
This post published before our daily news devastated our nation.
This day has been etched in history as one of hate and fear and terror. Please join in continued pray for our Nation, Orlando and the community leaders both spiritual and political. We must learn love... love cast out fear and fear is simply the absence of understanding someone who is different that oneself.
Courage, peace, faith, hope to you.
May the God of All Creation ...Heal Us!