Friday, July 11, 2008

"If the Lord Wills..."

We had big plans for this weekend. The kids were invited to go swimming and have a sleep over with friends. They were very excited. Mom and dad had plans to go do something fun without the kids - so they were excited too.

Then this morning a phone call. Child sick. Weekend canceled. Copious tears.

I wracked my addled brain trying to figure out a last minute fun alternative...and came up with the children's museum. Free entry due to the children's reading club via the library. We rush around getting ready to go - I even put on make-up - and out the door with a picnic lunch.

We were less than 5 minutes from home when I noticed some ominous lights appearing on the dashboard. Amazing that I even noticed them b/c that's something I actually always forget to look at. Also amazing that I had the cell phone with me (dh usually has it) and called my husband. His quick over the phone diagnosis is a dying alternator, and he advises us to go on home.

I head on home much to the disappointment once again, of the children and myself also. But yet thankful that I noticed the lights while we were still within walking distance of home (if the need arose) and that the car didn't die on a busy road somewhere.

Once we got home I came up with another idea...walk to the public pool (maybe a 15 min walk) and go for a swim, buy some hotdogs at the pool and have a picnic.

We make the sunny trek to the park and notice a hose leading into the pool and the shallow end stairs partially blocked off. The water looked unusually low. Were we in for the third disappointment of the day? If so, somehow we were gonna have to turn right back around and head over to DQ for some comfort in the form of a Chocolate Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzard for me and M&M Blizzards for the kids.

Thankfully they informed us that the pool was still open - the kids just couldn't jump off the side into the shallow end. Actually it worked out fine b/c the kids had a larger range to swim around in. So the kids swam, we had our little picnic, they played at the playground and then we walked home.

Brought these Bible verses to mind...

"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." James 4:13-15


Heather said...

That is one of my all time favorite verses, and exactly how we spend most of our life--making possible plans, having them blow up, doing the next, changing again--and often due to the silly car. :) God is good!