Some call it spoiled. I called it blessed.
Once I’ve really zeroed my sites in on something I want, I’m pretty intent on getting it. I look at situations and turn them every which way possible until I can shake out the ending that I want.
This has come in handy at times: I was laser-focused on school taking full loads plus in order to finish. I’m organized and goal-oriented.
At other times, not so handy: When I find something I want, I drive my husband insane trying to find ways that we can afford it. He’s so patient.
Today, however, I am not getting what I want.
I am supposed to be boarding a plane with my son at 12:45 today to fly to visit my two best friends from seminary. This wasn’t supposed to be an ordinary visit though. One of them had a baby in April, so I was to meet this little angel for this first time.
I planned this trip in January. My friend’s husband is a youth minister, so I knew the summer would be busy. Labor Day weekend provided the perfect opportunity for my husband, Thomas, and I to drive out to DFW for a quick weekend visit.
This was the plan until July when we realized that Labor Day weekend was also opening weekend for our beloved college football team, and my dear husband adamantly refused to miss the game.
Time for a new plan, so I set my little brain to work. Checked flights. Brainstormed people who could ride out there with me. Contemplated riding alone with Thomas. Briefly considered leaving him here. Prayed. Cried. Prayed some more.
Then a ray of hope! During a random conversation, I learned that some good family friends were traveling to DFW Labor Day weekend for a football game. The plan was to fly out there and ride back with them. Perfect until we realized that the RV they would be driving had no seat belts other than the driver and captain chair–after I had already booked the flight. Oh trust me, I tried to pray them up, but no seat belts were to be found.
I refused to cancel the flight. I was waiting and praying for a miracle. Then I got a text message yesterday from the airline suggesting I reschedule my flight due to Hurricane Isaac.
I finally had to admit defeat. I am not getting what I wanted this time. No amount of bending, manipulating, and twisting was going to make this trip happen. I just hope that sweet baby isn’t in middle school before I get to meet her.
After all that, I have to trust that God wants me home this week for a very specific reason. I don’t know what it is. I do see some silver lining to the clouds: I’m getting to hang out with a high school friend, her son, and new baby girl tomorrow because they have evacuated to her mom’s house. I’m getting to hear Shane and Shane tomorrow night in concert for free! I’ll get to be at the first football game of the season and watch Thomas delight in all the festivities.
I feel like such a Diva for being upset about this. Other people in the world are dealing with much bigger issues. But I’ll learn a lesson from the Lord any way I get handed it. These verses keep coming to mind today as I acknowledge that I won’t be relishing in girl talk with my friends this week:
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the Name of the Lord!” Job 1:21
“Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
When I don’t get my way in big and small things, I hope to cling to these two truths:
- Everything belongs to the Lord. His name be praised no matter what. <—Like it? Tweet it!
- The Lord’s purpose will prevail. Rest in this. <—Like this better? Tweet it!
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