I ask you the same thing; What about God? Now I am fully aware that it is stupid to answer a question with a question, let alone the same exact question but here I am doing it. Why?
When I decided to start traveling full time this was one of my top 5 questions. But why? What about God? What did this question even mean? A few months prior to my decision I had started going back to church and really regaining my faith. Now, before you start judging me I never lost faith, but I started to get “busy” and wasn’t putting God first. So, naturally once I started to contemplate traveling full time and what I needed to know and what I would have to adjust to I thought “What am I going to do about church?”
Now, I am fully aware that this post is going to be controversial. The reason, I’m not completely sure, but that’s our society today. Before you start judging, I don’t care what your preference or beliefs are. Those are your choices and believing in God is my choice. I respect you, your beliefs and your thoughts, please respect mine.
OK, now that that is out of the way here is what happened. I went in to a total mental breakdown. I started Googling it. Yes, I started Googling it. I even went in to Facebook groups I follow and saw what other people were posting and if anyone had solutions. This is what I found: people want to talk about whether they should bring their instapot or not, where they should put their shoes, how to deal with such a small fridge, etc. You can see where I am going with this. People don’t feel comfortable talking about God and how your normal routine will change.
The way that society is today has trained us to hush about God and politics. Well, I am pretty hush about politics but not because I don’t like controversy, but because I am not informed enough (nor do I want to be) to actually have an intellectual conversation about the topic. So, I stay out of it. Plain and simple.
However, when it comes to God I am a strong believer and I had to do some major soul searching about how I would stay close and continue on my path with God. Honestly, I am actually a little embarrassed about this whole thing. The answer was right in front of me the entire time but I was too busy worrying about things than to do what I knew worked. I put my faith in God that he would guide me in the right direction and deliver me answers.
That Sunday in church the pastor started talking about ways to follow CCV and stay in the know. Ah-ha! Church, MY CHURCH, with me everywhere I go? That’s perfect. Now, I had church figured out. I could literally watch my church from anywhere I wanted. Finally, that HUGE road block was off of my plate and I could check that off the list.
So now you may be asking yourself, how is that embarrassing? Not every church has this option and if you didn’t know about it then why would that be embarrassing? Unfortunately, that’s not the embarrassing part. With getting so absorbed in the idea of missing my church I forgot that I have a relationship with God that is outside of the church. My relationship is every minute of every day. I remembered my original beliefs of not having to go to church to show God I was thankful. Not waiting until Sundays to confess my sins and listen to the word of the lord.
How could I have possibly gotten so wrapped up in the small details of traveling and making a life change that I forgot he is for me, not against me and he is there no matter what I am doing and no matter where I am.
I would like to say that I realized that before I left on my maiden voyage but that would be a lie. It wasn’t until I was on the road that I remembered and acknowledged how much I talk to God. Now, that is embarrassing. I had to get on the road, in to a world I had no idea about, get uncomfortable and question my decision to travel full time to actually realize how committed I am to him already.
So here it is. What about God? He is always with you, he is for you, not against you, and you can talk to him any damn time you please. Yes, I know right now you are asking why I had to throw “damn” in there. I am passionate about the topic and saying damn isn’t going to change anything. I talk to God and pray often. Maybe not as often as I would like, but I am working on that. I pray/talk to him before bed, in the morning, on my walks, before a trip, while driving on my trip, sitting here having lunch, basically any time I want to or think about it. I also pray for you and people that I don’t know. When you have a relationship with God you are not afraid to yell it from the rooftops and that’s what I have realized in these last 3 months of being in the world of the unknown. Hey, he must be listening, I am still alive, I am healthy, I am strong, I have had once in a lifetime experiences and above all of that I am happy.
PS-Yes, bring your instapot 🙂