We moved into temporary housing on Tuesday. The housing company delivered most of the furniture. On Wednesday, the rental company delivered the washer and dryer. On Thursday, the plumber hooked them up. On Friday, the housing company delivered the rest of the furniture. Saturday we left for a five day family vacation. Boxes are piled high, waiting to be unpacked, our internet was still not yet hooked up, and our homeschool books are waiting patiently for me to find my stride again so we can catch up. Suffice to say, this was not a convenient time to take a family vacation. In fact, it was a very inconvenient time to take a family vacation. Turns out, it was a great time to take a family vacation.
The five days we spent on the road were filled with all the hallmarks of a great family vacation (or at least our family vacations)…audiobooks read by Jim Weiss, picnic lunches, small treats and activities to help distract children from long hours on the road. John spent many hours planning our route, finding interesting places to stop,and making hotel reservations, and yet we found once again that some of the most delightful stops were completely unplanned.
To quote Dr. Suess, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” I am such a structured person, wanting to plan every detail ahead of time, and the planned stops were fun but the most delightful ones were spontaneous. Even the picnic lunches were delightful (and as all my children know, Momma is not fond of cold meat sandwiches).
It was a really, really inconvenient time to take a family vacation…John & I both have so much work to do at home, but for those five days on the road we were completely powerless to do anything about it. I do not like being powerless. I like being in control, but the time spent on the road was a gentle reminder to trust God because He is in control. Long hours on the road gave me time to examine how much I really do trust Him. Do I trust God so long as I get to retain control over all the details? Or do I trust Him even when I am completely powerless?
I don’t think I will ever be a go-with-the-flow kind of girl this side of heaven, but as we return home to our not-quite-home and face a lot of uncertainties I would rather not face, I think I am a little better prepared to relax and trust God and trust His timing. He is in complete control and all His gifts are good. After all, if he can make cold meat lunches enjoyable, He can do anything.