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Australia Costa Rica

Proverbs 19:21 “Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s decree will prevail.”

We were headed to Australia to visit our daughter – plane tickets, camper van rentals, kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, platypus…We got to the airport, and they would not let us on the plane due to a visa snafu. After a couple hours of trying to fix the issue, the plane left without us. I was ready to head home and regroup. My husband refused, stating we would drive around the country before we would go home. We started looking for alternative vacation spots and finally managed to get tickets to Costa Rica. Everything was chaotic and rushed. As we were loading on the final leg to Costa Rica, we managed to book a room and ride from the airport as we were landing at 8pm. 

Costa Rica

We got to a lovely little B & B at close to 10pm, tired and dazed. My husband is much better at ‘going with the flow’ than I am. He was calm and excited for a new adventure. I, on the other hand, was still processing.  So, when he said something chipper about what to do next…I had a meltdown. I started sobbing and yelling and it went something like… I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD DO. I WAS PLANNING ON BEING WITH MY DAUGHTER IN AUSTRALIA – WHERE THEY SPEAK ENGLISH. NOW, I AM IN COSTA RICA, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DO IN COSTA RICA. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I CAN DRINK THE WATER! At which point I sank onto the bed and fell asleep. 


The next morning, I was a little more collected. My sweet husband offered to try to get me to Australia. I decided to stay the course, and we went to talk to our hostess. Along with a delicious breakfast, she gave us some starting points. We rented a car and our trip around Costa Rica began. Our planning consisted Mark talking to people in the places we stayed. They would say something like ‘you should really…’ and off we would go. As we would drive towards our next destination, I would search to find a place to stay. (FYI the water is just fine)

We ended up having an amazing vacation. I’m still not sure why we were not supposed to go the Australia, but God orchestrated an extraordinary adventure after I let go of my expectations.