Where there’s a “why ” there’s a way. ~ Me
You can achieve what seems impossible, even long-held dreams of travel when you start with the right fuel.
The Trip of a Lifetime
When our pastor announced plans for a Bible study tour in Israel, I’d returned from vacationing in Paris only a week before.
Our travel savings were tapped out.
Yet when my beloved stick-in-the-mud husband said he wanted to go ~ this happens as often as moons collide ~ I jumped at the chance.
Because my purpose was clear and strong,
I was willing to embrace possibilities toward my goal I might never have considered otherwise.
A similar thing happened when I went on . . .
The Desert Hike of a Lifetime
I hiked over 14 miles in the desert even though I don’t care much for hiking.
But I made that desert hike because I was fueled with a purpose: To honor the sacrifice of those who endured the WWII Bataan Death March and shake the hands of the remaining survivors.
Karen Zale, the daughter of Bataan March survivor, John Zubrzycki, had a different purpose.
Zubrzycki survived the 60-mile trek through the Philippine jungle under brutal treatment by Japanese soldiers only to suffer more tortures on one of their hell ships. Three years imprisonment in Manchuria followed.
He endured beatings throughout ~ sometimes for no other “reason” than not pronouncing his prison number correctly in Japanese.
Until his death at age 90 last year, Karen says, he signed all personal correspondence including family birthday cards with that number: “433.”
It was his way of declaring he was still living, no longer just surviving, despite an enemy’s attempts to break him. He wanted his loved ones to never forget.
Karen didn’t. She found out about the annual memorial march after her dad died, but signed up as soon as she did and traveled from Vermont to participate.
“I’m marching for my father,” she smiles.
To honor her father is Karen’s “why.”
What’s your “why?” Is it strong enough to take you where you want to go?