I have heard it said “the quickest way to make God giggle is to make plans”. If that is true, God has giggled a great deal lately.
In September, my husband and I planned a trip to Southwest Florida to house sit for our children while they went on a great travel adventure. (They climbed a mountain in Machu Picchu. They don’t no nuttin’ bought no stinkin’ mountain climbing!) Plans were made months ago for their adventure and mine and my husband’s house sitting/pet sitting.
Hurricane Irma arrived the week before the scheduled trips, and she left water and destruction as her trademark. She took with her power and most of the groceries items at local stores.
Our plans were in question for several days. However, our flights and our children’s flights all were on schedule, and plans remained in effect.
While this hurricane made us wonder about future plans, it also caused us to more fully turn to God for His protection and His plan. It made me wonder… why do we wait until a big life event before we fully seek God? I am a woman of faith, and I pray… a lot. However, I can assure you I prayed more during Hurricane Irma than I have in quite some time. I desperately needed God to have His hand of protection on our kids.
During my dementia caregiving journey, I spend lots of time in prayer, also. I ask for direction as I help my momma, Vera, navigate the hurricane force winds of Alzheimer’s type dementia. There are days the winds hit her hard, like a hurricane. She becomes confused, weepy, and depressed. There are days the winds are more like a tropical storm. She becomes frustrated, sad, and lonely. There are days the winds resemble a cool summer breeze. She becomes giddy, smiles, and enjoys her world.
I could do nothing to stop Hurricane Irma from hitting Florida and surrounding states. I was only called to trust God for His protection during the storm. I can do nothing to stop Hurricane Alzheimer’s from hitting my Momma. I am to trust God for His plan for Momma and me as we navigate those murky waters and look for the sunny days ahead.
“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” I’m leaning on those plans. (Jeremiah 29:11). Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
A family takes a trip to Disney World.
After seven exhausting days, they head home.
As they drive away, the son waves out the window and says,
The daughter waves out the window and says,
The dad waves out the window and cries, “Goodbye, money!”
Sometimes, You’ve Just Got To Laugh!