How to Beat Wanderlust When Housebound

tripFeeling tired of your four walls? Shelly shares how God opens up the world through friendship and virtual trips.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

One of the losses that has been the hardest to accept with chronic illness is the ability to get out and explore the beauty in this world God created.

Long drives and vacations have always been a part of my life. Due to disability, I am pretty well trapped at home now.

I wanted to share with you one of the things that has helped me in this regard. I call it, “Wanderlust from a Recliner.”

I go on adventures using the internet, sometimes alone and sometimes with a friend. We choose a place that we’d love to see or a trip we’d like to take. Then we talk about activities we’d enjoy on our trip, food we’d try, what we’d wear. We find images and videos online and share them with each other.

One friend and I went to the Mall of the Americas to people-watch. What a blast we had! We were both laughing till tears came by the time the adventure was over. You’d be amazed what crazy things that mall offers!

Another friend and I almost always choose the beach or a fantastic pool. We eat seafood and sip drinks from coconuts with umbrellas in them. It’s so relaxing, and we always leave refreshed.

I’ve been in glass igloos to watch the northern lights. We dined on the Orient Express. We’ve taken cruises. Once we even hopped in our pink spaceship and headed into outer space. Oh, the beauty we saw there, and we even found “sounds from the galaxy” to listen to on our way.

Our God has made some wondrous places and thanks to the internet, we can explore each and every one. Whether you go alone or with a friend, try a little “Wanderlust from a Recliner.” If you need a traveling buddy, I volunteer!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, what an amazing world you have created . . . what an amazing galaxy. Thank you for the ability to travel it from our recliner. Thank you for friends with wanderlust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January 2014. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at

Where will you go on your first adventure? Who will you take along?

This is a song I remember from many years back, “This is My Father’s World” with Amy Grant. Shelly thought it was the perfect fit for those of us who feel bound not only in life, but even in our own home. It is my prayer that it reminds you that even if you are only able to get from room to room, God lives there with you too and can meet you right where you need Him. -Lisa