Have you ever vowed you would “Never” do something again? The “never say never” expression was first recorded in Charles Dicken’s Pickwick Papers (1837). “Never say never” because you truly don’t know what might happen.
Terry and I wanted to go somewhere tropical for our 25th wedding anniversary. We saved up for 2 years and on our 27th anniversary we made plans to go to Cocoa Beach and Disney World. We were beyond excited. During this time, I worked as a marketing director for a retirement community. I trained an assistant to be in charge while we were on our 10 day vacation. During the stressful days of training, I coped with thoughts of arriving at Cocoa Beach in the warm sunshine and laying on the sandy beach. Even as a little girl I dreamed about going to Florida and swimming in the warm water and enjoying the sunshine. I remembered a game show that aired on the beaches of Florida and I dreamed about going there one day.
The day came to fly to Florida and we were ready to V A C A T I O N!!! We arrived in Orlando and got in line for our rental car. The atmosphere felt strange while we were in line–we weren’t sure why, but when we told the rental car clerk we were going to Cocoa Beach. He retorted, “No, you aren’t”. “Hurricane Frances is about to arrive and everyone is being evacuated from Cocoa Beach. Your best bet would be to drive to Georgia to see if you could get a hotel”. Being disappointed was an understatement. I immediately called all three of our kids and asked them to please pray. Next we called the hotel in Orlando where we were going to stay when we left Cocoa Beach to see if they had any rooms available. They had one opening and we took it.
As we were returning home from this much anticipated vacation, I vowed to Terry, “I’m never going to Florida again!”
Never say never–I’ve been there 4 times since. Our oldest daughter, Katie and her husband Jason and family moved to Florida. Jason took a pastoral call at a sweet community church north of Orlando. Terry and I drove the Penske moving truck across the United States to deliver their belongings. Katie and I have close birthdays and one year for my birthday, I had the opportunity to celebrate our birthdays and fly to spend time with them. Two more grandbabies arrived and I had the privilege of staying with them during the first couple of weeks of Joshua’s and Hannah’s arrival.
Terry and I sold our house this week. We are 3rd generation Stanwoododians. We have lived in this house for 39 years. If all goes as planned, guess where we are moving?
Never Say Never!!!!
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9