“The Best Laid Plans …”
by Worship Pastor, Abby Dolbear
Summers are quiet in our home. You would think that as parents of three children, our house would be busy, there would be a pile of dishes in the sink and stacks of laundry by the washer! There isn’t, and I do have to admit, I didn’t mind the reprieve in chores! A couple of years ago, we talked to each set of Grandparents and thought it would be great for the kids to spend a few weeks each summer at their places. It’s been a wonderful experience that the kids and Grandparents alike look forward to.
This year things didn’t go as smooth as those pervious. During the kid’s first trip, there was a sudden death in the family. So the fishing and swimming plans were replaced by long car trips and a funeral. Not the ideal fun situation that the Grandparents had planned! It really didn’t seem to bother the kids, they were just happy to be with their grandparents.
The kids came home for a couple of weeks before their second trip. However, before the kids left for the other Grandparent’s houses, I received a call from Grandpa. You see, he was worried that this year wouldn’t be any fun because Grandma wouldn’t be home due to her Mother having become very sick and she needed care for her. They ended up having to cancel a camping trip they had planned and their activities would be limited this year. He was worried that they wouldn’t even really want to come or be excited about spending time with him. I tried to explain to him, “The kids are packed and ready to come! They can’t wait! They just want to be there, with you.”
The kids ended up going and having a wonderful time!
The Grandparents didn’t realize how important their position was. Their position was huge to the kids – they are their GRANDPARENTS! Even though the trips weren’t all that they were planned to be, their position as Grandparents never changed. All the kids really wanted to do was to BE WITH THEM, not because of all the plans, but because of who they are.
It seems that we can get so wrapped up in our plans, that we can forget our position. For example, there are times when I can plan out a worship service, and get so focused on the plan, or the plans that aren’t coming together; I can easily loose sight of my position. What is my position? I AM A DAUGHTER OF GOD AND HE WANTS TO BE WITH ME! To him, it doesn’t matter if my plans don’t work out, he loves being with me, and I really love being with Him. Planning is good, but when you are secure in your position, when plans fall apart, you will not!