What’s in a word? Travel

I enjoy writing these blogs but at times my brain runs dry (no rude comments please) and so when someone kindly sends me a guest post I am grateful. My sincere thanks to Lesley Roberts for today’s blog.

By Lesley Roberts

 I once read a Christian book, in fact it was a Lenten Study, called “What’s in a Word?”
TRAVEL:  What does the word conjure up for you? Some of the words that come to mind are: anticipation, excitement, planning, studying maps, reading up on the area, etc.  I think anticipation and planning the holiday are part of the fun of the holiday, especially as once the holiday begins, time flies, and before one knows it, it’s all over!
Perhaps the word Travel conjures up memories of travelling overseas, exciting plane or boat trips to exotic destinations?
Perhaps for some of us, who are elderly or unable to afford to travel,  travel entails “Armchair Travelling”, paging through Getaway Magazine or Country Life,  going down memory lane.

We once had a book put out by the AA, called “En Route in SA”, and that was our travelling companion for many years when we took off on holiday.  When our children were small we mainly headed to the South Coast of Natal.  Being in the Methodist Ministry we couldn’t afford fancy hotels, except once we stayed at the famous Four Seasons Hotel in Durban.  (Our holiday was funded by a congregation member).  We hired many a holiday cottage up and down the South Coast of Natal, the South Coast being ideal for families with small children.

My late husband and I once planned a barge holiday in the UK, I remember I was reading a devotional book at the time, written by Eddie Askew of the Leprosy Mission.  He described his holiday on the canals where the “butterflies flew faster than the barge”.

UK Canal Barge
UK Canal Barge

That appealed to me – slowing down to that pace, drifting along, being one with nature, to the point where butterflies flew faster than the barge was moving.  Sadly, we never got to take that holiday as Mike became too ill with cancer.  It’s still on my bucket list.

As we approach the Lenten Season, the picture of those disciples on the Emmaus Road comes to mind.  Sad and discouraged, they were plodding along, talking amongst themselves about the happenings of the last few days, when Jesus came alongside them….. This is still one of my favourite readings in the Bible, and became very meaningful after my late Mike’s death.    When we travel the grief journey, according to Joyce Rupp, we need to carry the following in our suitcase : “Faith and Courage”  from a book by Joyce Rupp called “Praying our Goodbyes”  She suggests that instead of asking the question “Why” when we embark on the Grief Journey we ask “With Whom” am I going to go on this journey ?


Tomorrow I start a new chapter in my life, I am going to travel down the coast from Sedgefield to a little town called Stilbaai (Afrikaans for Still Bay), to live with a family that need a Caregiver for their father.  Being single, I am able to do this kind of thing, and I see it as an adventure.  I am testing myself, and if I cope, I would like to do some Caregiving in the UK to make up for lost capital spent on my own operations and ill health.

I hope to explore the surrounding area in my free time.  My patient says he gets cabin fever, and has asked that I drive him to visit friends in surrounding towns.  This is going to be fun.  So here I go, with Jesus by my side, travelling into unknown waters…..

I look forward to exploring parts of the Western Cape that I have not travelled to before, the famous Route 62¸  and to travelling off the beaten track in my trusty little Suzuki Jimny.

Lesley Roberts


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