I am beginning my year-end pensiveness a little early. Bear with me as I ramble a bit…😏
Spring was barely budding only a few months ago.
Then, summer came with freedom and bare feet.
Before we could turn around, fall crackled and cooled the nights.
And, now, winter is settling in with its frosty mornings and heavy-coated evenings.
It couldn’t have been that long ago already, could it?
We were just finishing up first grade field day- and fretting on the possibility of sunburn on my sweet little freckle-faced boy.
Our summer vacation plans were just shifting like sand with the unwelcome intrusion of a blown gasket head…and, yet, being used of God for major hotel room togetherness and unexpected witnesses ( Don’t ask. Not just now, anyway. 🙂 Someday, this adventure needs a whole post of its own.).
Fresh pencils and crayons were just being procured and packed!
We were just nervously embarking on a whole new way of schooling/ interning with our senior. Oy. I have a senior.
That thought alone makes me reach for chocolate.😏
Shoot. On that note, October’s candy is still being finished! 😀
November’s musical was just coming to life on stage after months of teasers wafting up the stairs from basement practice sessions.
Now, it’s all just smiles and glories behind us.
A long chilly nap is firmly planting itself in our midst.
Yet, many things are yet to come on the calendar.
The one that says “2020”. 😬
Time slides away so quickly! One need only observe a row of yearly family experiences to see it is so.
I find myself asking how can it be?
And there steals in a wistfulness to hold on.
Especially as we prepare to really, actually launch our oldest into the world in a few oh-so- short months and the other three cluster rather closely behind, vying for their turn.
All in time. All too soon in time.
It makes me ask the serious question, What are we doing with our time?
That which the Lord graciously affords us. That which once spent can never return.
Ok. Yes, Lord. I will go back to the story of the vacation that never was. It does bear unique weight here. And it pays to heed Your prompting…😏
So… suffice to say, rarely was there a more frustrating situation.
We were supposed to go see edifying, faith-encouraging things-The Ark, The Creation Museum, historical sites.
What we saw mostly was a hotel room a state away from where we’d hoped to be, the free breakfast bar, (make your own waffles are admittedly cool. 😊) and the few sites that were in walking distance or a cheap Uber ride away.
We wound up waiting that entire week of our vacation-the little time and finances we could afford- for the family van to be fixed. By the time it was done, it was time to be on the road for home again.
The family purse agreed. 🙂
Yet, where time in a worldly view appeared robbed or misspent, in a heavenly view, it was infinitely valuable.
For, we were just coming off some particularly tough moments even prior to leaving, to be honest.
But, there in close quarters, intimate family conversation happened, needed words were said.
Laughter bubbled up despite our disappointment, a fascinating place or two was discovered.
Prayers and scripture flowed from our place of need.
But, best of all, was chance after chance to relate not merely our circumstances but also the Reason for our hope-from nearly every Uber driver to hotel staff to the awesome tow truck driver and amazing mechanic that went above and beyond to help us.
We saw grace both smile on us and pass to others and time, as always in the hands of He who keeps it, was beautifully redeemed.
As it always is, when given over to Him.
As I know it will prove to be again and again as the seasons-oh, so swiftly!- pass.
He’s got us through it all, from freckle-faced sunburns to blown gasket heads to tuning up for the big launch.
And all that comes before, after, and in-between…
Thanks for joining me on my reflective ramble here, friends! May we each think carefully on how we are using our time. Each moment is precious-and some that may seem misspent can turn out to have unexpected purpose! Blessings and prayers to you!