In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps
I will admit that this is something God is constantly trying to teach me.
Yesterday was just one of those days. I woke up later than I wanted to and the first words out of my mouth were, “I CANNOT sleep this late! This is not good.” I walked into the bathroom and stepped in pee. Sometimes I don’t know what that child aims for but I don’t think the bowl is his target. I cleaned up and went out to the kitchen. Hubby and son were already gone and I had only a limited time to get myself together to take the little one to preschool. I got her breakfast on the table and we ate. Then she chimed in, “Mom, I want you to play with me…..plaaaaaaaay with me!”. I responded in an all too familiar way, “Honey, I need to shower and get ready to leave…not right now.”. Later, I shared with my hubby how tired of that response….”wait a minute”…”I need to finish”…”give me a second”…it’s really ridiculous how many times I say those phrases in a day. This has got to change.
After I shuttled her to preschool, I came home and began preparing a meal for a family in need. I needed to have that done at a predetermined time so it couldn’t wait. I put Shine FM on the tablet and was determined….I was not going to let Satan steal this day from me and I was going to enjoy every step. And I did. With the meal packaged up and in the fridge, I set to stripping the beds. The kids and hubby have all taken turns being under the weather this past week, so it was time to begin the disinfecting process. I had barely gotten this task underway when it was time to go pick up my daughter. On my way out the door, I realized that I had let the washer fill with soap in it, but never added the sheets and didn’t close the lid. (The lid part was a blessing! That means that the cycle didn’t continue. whew.)
On the way back from preschool, I received a call from a friend in need. Her pet had been ill and this would be the day her family would have to say “goodbye”. Uggh. We have had our dog for 11 years, so my heart hurt for her and what lie ahead. Pets are like children…they exude the unconditional love that we are supposed to show toward others. They are another reminder- an example from the Lord- of how we are supposed to act. So she dropped her kids off for a bit for some playtime. It was a sad occasion, but a good time for some play and relaxation. When she returned, I hopped back in the car to deliver the meal and pick up my son from school.
When we returned from school, we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of some friends. My son has been missing some of his friends from his prior school so this visit was one that was long awaited….and awaited….we waited. Just then I got a text from the child’s mother saying that she forgot. And the tears began. He misses his friends and I had to console him. (I will tell you what a blessing it was that the other mother was honest…that she forgot. Though it was disappointing, It’s refreshing to know that I am not the only one who does that.)
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Just then, I got an email from hubby asking for help. He needed a Thanksgiving activity and craft for the boys group he teaches on Wednesday night. So I set to work on the internet. A group of 15-20 boys ages 7-12 is a tough group to keep focused and on task; so it had to be engaging, but fluid. I came up with a word scramble and sword drill, coupled with turkey feathers, things that we are thankful for and a turkey to pin them on. Which left me with just 30 minutes to prepare supper, eat and head to church. Once more, I took a deep breath and moved forward.
There was an unexpected gem mined from this mountain-of-a-day as well. Earlier, I had received an email from our son’s choir director asking if he’d be interested in playing the role of a shepherd in the production this year. My son is shy and would rather not be in front of people (just like his mom) and definitely does not like to be the focus of attention. Last session he was really struggling with choir so we permitted him to take some time off. This session we didn’t give him a choice and asked him to just do his best. And he has! He has a spectacular voice and he has really enjoyed himself. When I explained to him that it was an honor to be asked to be a shepherd, he surprisingly jumped at the opportunity. He went in to choir last night and accepted the role with fervor. Then just before bed, he said to me, “Mom, do you think we could be early to choir practice next week?” WOW. What a change! He went from being pushed through the door of the choir room like a cat to water- to asking to be there early so he could practice his part. God is GOOD!
What did my day look like? Let’s see…If I focus on my plans- it fell flat. If I focus on God’s plans for me- it was BLESSED! I was able to help a family, a friend, play with kids and snuggle a baby, be a helper to my hubby which he then used to bless young boys at church, and was able to wipe tears and give hugs and encouragement. Though my head was spinning at times- I never lost my temper, I never lost my joy, I just kept pace with each moment and really enjoyed this day.
Let me tell you- there are lots of those days in this mommy’s life. I had a list of things that I wanted to accomplish and very few of those things were seen through to completion. However, when I lay down in bed last night reflecting on the day- I was able to smile. Scattered in and among the plans I had made for myself- God placed HIS plans for me and some other little gems, too. Some days don’t go as expected or planned. But, I assure you…THIS is the day that the Lord has made. Yup, this one right here with all of the interruptions, tears, mistakes and last minute changes. That’s right, this one- the same one that left my head spinning at times.
This is the day that the Lord has made and I am SO glad for it.(Psalm 11:24)