One of you sweet readers mentioned in a comment on the last post that we don't "owe anyone an explanation" for how we paid for our trip to Puerto Rico. And, I certainly agree. I could just as easily have said (or not said), "Jim is a hard working man and he deserves to take a vacation if that's how he wants to spend his hard earned money." Period.
However, because we see this trip as a wonderful GIFT straight from the LORD, we want to share how it came about . . . in order to give HIM all of the glory!
Our 30th Anniversary was in August. Jim was working 3 jobs . . . regularly putting in 14-15 hour days. We knew that August was not the time for any type of big celebration vacation. We didn't have any plans, nor any big dreams of a trip.
By the end of August, we knew that we were coming up on the date by which we would have to book a trip with our Jet Blue Credit, or lose the credit. I phoned Jet Blue and found out that we had until Sept. 9th to book a trip. We hadn't really even talked about when or where we would take a trip, but I suggested that maybe we would want to take a trip in October (after Jim's crazy August / September painting days were over), and that this would be a good way to celebrate our anniversary. Jim agreed, and my internet research began immediately.
Even though we had purchased 3 tickets to Boston last September, our credit could only get us 2 tickets to Boston this year (due to higher ticket prices due to higher gas prices). We began talking about a trip to see the Fall Colors in New England. I emailed a Bloggy Friend in the area, asking for any trip suggestions. Neither Jim nor I have ever been to New England, and we do really want to go. But . . . I just was not at peace with this plan.
In my heart, I just kept sensing that Jim and I needed a "Sunshine & Beaches" vacation . . . but our tickets could not get us anywhere near Sunshine & Beaches (not even to Florida). Oh . . . yes . . . we could have used part of the credit to fly to Southern California, but since we regularly drive there, we didn't want to use the credit to get to Los Angeles.
I tried to get excited about New England. I really did. But, "Sunshine & Beaches" was so clearly imprinted on my heart and mind. After working so hard for the past 2 months, I knew that Jim needed to be able to just RELAX on vacation, rather than to do a historical driving tour of the New England States (which we would love to do at a later time). Jim loves to go to the beach. He loves to play in the waves . . . he loves to sit in the sun . . . he loves to walk on the beach. I knew that this was what he needed in order to really relax after such a busy season.
We had to purchase our tickets by September 9th, but I kept holding off . . . sensing that the Lord was going to do something BIG for us. (smile)
On September 2nd, I got an advertising email from Jet Blue which said, "Fall Travel Prices slashed for 3 days only. Book now." I quickly discovered that we could now use our credit to fly to the Caribbean. Seriously?!?!
We did not "get lucky".
It did not "just so happen".
I knew . . . that I knew . . . that I knew . . . that the LORD had just BLESSED us with the trip of a lifetime. HE knew the desires of our hearts (Sunshine & Beaches) and HE chose to give us above and beyond our wildest dreams.
No need for a "financial explanation".
We didn't do anything to "earn" this trip.
We didn't do anything to "deserve" this trip.