“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.'” –The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
This was the quote that would go through my mind every time something crazy happened the days leading up to us leaving. This is what I thought about when I had to have a root canal, and a major filling. This is what I thought about when Tabetha came down with strep throat the day we were supposed to leave. I thought about this when Shawn came in the house at 1:30 a.m. the day I was supposed to leave, and said that there was something he needed to fix on the car, and we would have to delay our trip a day. I was seriously wondering if all the work and stress was worth it as this was just the tip of the iceberg.
But, the lesson that kept coming to mind as well, is that God is good and he watches over us. Having a root canal days before leaving although time consuming, expensive, and frustrating, was a blessing that my tooth acted up before we left and not on our trip. Our trip being delayed an extra day was a blessing, because I was able to get everything done without as much stress, and I was able to get some needed sleep before we started out. We were also blessed with a wonderful family friend who took Tabetha to the doctor while we finished packing and loading up. So, even though it felt like we were being tested at every corner, we were blessed beyond measure and have been continually blessed along our way.
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