I woke up last Sunday morning, just as I do everyday, with the sound of a thousand tiny shrieks of joy coming from my three year old. “Mommy, get up! Mommy wake up! I want to play dress up.” I’m not exactly sure how often I sleep in anymore, it’s so rare that today 9:30 felt like noon…
I reached over, grabbed my phone and saw a text from a long-time friend saying that she was driving through Nashville on her way to Florida. As it turned out, later that evening I found myself in her car on my way to Florida as well.
Was this planned? No.
Had I thought this through, and specifically allotted three days of my week for rejuvenation? Not exactly.
So why am I writing a blog post about this? Because there is a principle, we type A-over planning-calendar loving people must learn to embrace…
Leave enough room for the SPONTANEOUS, it’s in those suddenly and unexpected moments you will find joy!
In less than 2 weeks I will be boarding a plane with my husband and 2 kids to fly across the Atlantic and live as Missionaries in England for 3 months. I have labored over the details of this adventure, tirelessly ensuring personal things will be taken care of before we depart and arrangements are on point for when we arrive.
Often times we can get so caught up in the planning and preparing, that we forget to pause and embrace the divine moments God intended for us to live in. I encourage you today, if you’re like me and find an oh-so-glorious love in the details of properly executing your To-Do List and crossing each detail off with a fine-tip sharpie… stop for just a moment.
You may not be breathing in the salty fresh ocean air that wafts over you as you lay in the warm sun on this Florida beach… but wherever you are, embrace the now. Breathe deep. Live in that moment God has placed you in. Lift your head, look around at those he has placed in your life and take time for these intentional relationships.
And please… always remember to use pencil when marking your calendar.