Last night I couldn’t fall asleep, so I just listened to her breathe. I watched her little chest go up and down. Thought about all of the energy that she used up in a matter of hours during the day. She was in our bed. Her feet and legs were draped across my waist. I couldn’t pull the comforter up past my waist without covering her up. Her thumb was in her mouth, and she gripped her doggie close to her face. I could’ve positioned her to be back up on the pillow beside me, but she was sleeping so peacefully. She’s the fourth cub, and I can’t imagine life without her.
We found out a few weeks ago that she’s allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, eggs, and seafood. We were so thankful to find out about her allergies through planned testing and not from actually feeding something to her that could have caused her distress. It was a little overwhelming to hear all of the changes that would have to be made in order to keep her protected and healthy. Fortunately, we were given a plan of action. Now we have specific steps to take if she’s exposed to any of her triggers or if she has an ezcema outbreak. Adjusting has been much easier because we have an action plan.
Life just works better with plans. Had we not planned the day before, we wouldn’t have made it to the church on time yesterday morning. Clothes, shoes, socks, tights, and breakfast items for the cubs were all ready to help make the trek to sunrise service.
We also know that even our best, detailed plans can be unexpectedly changed. Educators know this all too well. We can have the best plans ready for the day only to have them disrupted by a fire drill or sick student or having to address a behavior issue. You have to adjust sometimes.
Life works even better when we recognize that our plans for our life have to take the backseat to God’s plans for our life. Understanding that everything that happens in our lives – good and bad – are a part of His plan, takes away the stress of trying to figure out what to do. Trust that He knows what He’s doing with you.
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:1-6.
This is our last day of Spring Break, and although we didn’t do everything we had planned, we enjoyed our week of being together.
As we go into a new week with our planned activities and maybe, even some un-planned events, remember that whatever happens was already planned by our All-Knowing Father. He’s got you! Enjoy your week!
Peace and Blessings!