Written By: Taylor Fast
Life has a way of not going as planned, have you ever noticed that? My husband and I recently went on our honeymoon to Jamaica. We had a pretty incredible time as I got to scratch quite a few things off my bucket list of ‘Travel To-Do’s’, but we experienced quite the scare when we were there!
For a couple days while we were in Jamaica, I got extremely sick; I experienced shaking, vomiting, fever, and dizziness. I was terrified to now be treated with a medical system from a different country and had no idea what was wrong. I also felt awful for my husband, who had to stand by my side through the nights when I could hardly stand myself. It ended up after IV’s and countless needles that I experienced heat stroke and also got myself a lovely bacterium from something I ingested! After I was treated, I felt a million times better, but there is no way I could have managed without my husband.
This man was my advocate, he cared for me, and he did not take out any anger on me from him not being able to do some activities we had planned because of my illnesses. Do I still feel awful about it? Actually, yes! I still get that nasty pit-in-the-gut feeling that I ruined a part of what is suppose to be a magical experience, but my husband never once blamed me, which I think is pretty awesome.
This life experience taught me quite a bit though. God was faithful to me and I was able to get back to normal pretty quickly. I had to put my trust in Him, and He followed through. I was terrified being in a doctor’s office in a country I did not know, but God was faithful in my life. I know there will be many more circumstances where my husband and I will be tested throughout life, but this causes us to grow as Christians. It is so important to continually grow in God, so when the storms of life come, it is time to grasp tightly to the word of God and have faith. He will provide.
Though that week was not exactly as I had planned, God showed His goodness, and thanks to a quick recovery my husband and I have some pretty awesome memories from our week in Jamaica, and a few funny ones. (You should have seen my sunburn- word to the wise, where a hat always if you go there).
For those of you, who may be struggling due to an unforeseen or even scary life circumstance, hold on to the promises of God today. The storm will cease and you will come out stronger then before.
“Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to Him “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust. “ Psalm 91:1-2
Until Next Time,