48 Hour Trip to Belgium – Overcoming Fear

I love planning trips. I spend hours searching and researching to find the best deals and unique things to do. If we travel by road, my husband plans out the most scenic route. The preparation and anticipation for one of these adventures add to my enjoyment once we arrive at our destination. I try to keep the schedule open and relaxed to allow time to discover the areas we visit.

The Trip

As I searched for a deal for a spring adventure, I found an incredible deal. We could fly round trip to Beijing for $500 per person. I booked the trip and started researching what to do in the area. A whisper of a virus spreading across China turned into a roar as the airlines began canceling flights to the region. Okay, no need to panic. We will pick somewhere else to visit. I called the airlines to discuss the options.

We settled on a week in Belgium. Excitement grew as we planned out things we wanted to do. We loved the movie called “Monument Men,” so we wanted to see Bruges and Ghent as well as Brussels. As I sketched out the visit, the Coronavirus continued to spread. I did my best to ignore the news as our departure date arrived.

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The airports and planes were less crowded than usual. We landed bright and early on Wednesday morning. After a short rest, we started exploring. At dinner, we planned which days to visit other cities and priced the train tickets. We went to bed the first night with plans for a pleasant week of sightseeing.

Unexpected Events

Thursday morning, I awoke to a bunch of text messages from friends and families. The alerted us of the news of shutting down international flights to stop the spread of the disease. A quick panic ensued as we scrambled to figure out our options. We rescheduled our flight home for Friday morning to beat the midnight deadline.

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This virus and the trip showed me how quickly life can change. One minute, everything is planned out, and then the next minute, we are self quarantined at home. Sometimes, we forget how fragile life can be for everyone. A cancer diagnosis, a car wreck, a layoff, a divorce, or a pandemic can send us spiraling out of control. Nothing feels like it will ever be the same as we grapple with the changes we need to make.

The Only Sure Thing

But, one thing never changes. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, never changes, and He never leaves us or forsakes us. This virus quickly changed so much of our lives and left many of us scared for an uncertain future. Schools and businesses closed, travel curtailed, the stock market in free fall, and lives disrupted. I think many of us felt very unprepared for such a drastic change. But God remains unchanged and in control. We can trust Him during these unsettled times.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

I saw these words from Bob Goff, “Sometimes God lets us lose hope for a moment, so we’ll retrace our steps and find Him all over again.” Do any of us need to find God again? Do we need to reconnect with Him? When life gets comfortable and easy, we can forget our need for Jesus. In these times, we can turn back to God and find peace and comfort.

Bible Verses

This virus seems like it will continue to disrupt our lives for months to come. Instead of focusing on the problems that might happen, let us focus on the promises of God from His word. He loves each of us. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26. Not sure who coined this phrase, but it sure does apply; “We can trust an unknown future to our known God.” Here are some verses to help settle our fears:

Trusting God

Oh, as far as our trip to Belgium, we realized we could spend the time worrying, or we could trust God for the outcome. We decided to put on faith in God and spent Thursday sightseeing. God got us home safely on Friday, and we have some fantastic memories. Once again, God proved His faithfulness to us. And He will continue to provide for us during these difficult times. The road may not be easy, but He will walk it with us. Psalm 23:4 assures us, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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20 thoughts on “48 Hour Trip to Belgium – Overcoming Fear

  1. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    Wow! I love how you live out your faith. Great hope in the verses you’ve quoted here. God bless you, and stay healthy!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      You too Lisa. Thanks for your encouragement

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica. Stay safe and God bless

  2. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Thank you for sharing these Scriptures. Worry is consuming. I am thankful to find comfort in God and His Word.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Stay safe and God bless.

  3. OH my goodness! I love how you stayed to enjoy your vacation. I can say that I’m one whose life didn’t change all that much because, as a caregiver, my pantry and fridge has to be stocked with healthy food. Although TP has been a hard find. LOL. Also, we are kind of housebound already. But like you said, life can change in a blink of an eye. You have beautiful insights and encouragements. Sharing all the scriptures you found. Thanks.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I will be praying for you Deborah in your role as caregiver during these difficult times. I also pray for you to find toilet paper too. Thanks and God bless.

  4. I have bookmarked the verses you shared; definitely needing to spend more time in Scripture lately. This blog is so needed; we cannot live our lives paralyzed by fear.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Candice, our God is bigger than the problems of the world. Stay safe and God bless.

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    I agree that this situation will be hanging around for some time. Love the use of the Goff quote. You have such an encouraging message. Thanks!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. Please stay safe and God bless

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    What an experience! What a post! This is so timely for all of us, especially those whose lives have been uprooted and turned upside down emotionally, physically, professionally. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. I think the whole world has been impacted and it all happened in the blink of an eye. I am thankful God is in control. Stay safe and God bless.

  7. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Thank you for sharing, Yvonne, all the twists and turns that took you far and back home. I love this: “But, one thing never changes. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, never changes, and He never leaves us or forsakes us.” I love how you turned what could have been a huge disappointment, into a deep lesson of faith. Powerful message!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. It has taken many years to understand to trust God even in the difficult circumstances. Stay safe and God bless

  8. Glad you were able to take your trip, enjoy it, and make it home. I like how you noted we can focus on the problems or God’s promises. So grateful Jesus is the same and never changes!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too and I know He will get us through this too. Stay safe and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I am glad you found them helpful. Be safe and God bless

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