Go with the Flow

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My Mother’s Day truly exceeded my expectations. I had planned to go to the beach with the kids. I envisioned reading my book, picnic on the sand, playing a bit of smash ball and a scoop of ice cream from Paradis. However, it rained yesterday. It never rains in California but it did – on Mother’s Day. I love the rain. I do. I wish it rained more. I love snuggling and tea and cozy blankets and fuzzy slippers and umbrellas. I especially love the fresh smell outside after the rain. Perfection.

I had to regroup and rethink the day. I honestly just wanted to relax with my kids. No homework looming over their heads. No discussions of how unfair my rules are. No “can you take me here and then here and then here.” No arguing with one another over the front seat of the car. Just a day of relaxation. The beach is my relaxing place. Yesterday, my relaxing place was my children.

Often times in life, we have to regroup and re-strategize when our plans go awry. As a planner, that can be tough for me. “Go with the flow” is not my mantra. The relaxed “go with the flow” just isn’t taking root. I did find a phrase that I can get behind though. It’s found in James 4:13-15 NIV:

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

I can make my plans and say “If the Lord wills.” Much better than “go with the flow.” I can get behind “If the Lord wills.” He knows how my days should unfold. He knows what’s around the next corner. He knows what emotions I will feel and words I will say before I do.

Yesterday, the Lord willed us to relax at home playing games. At a smoothie shop. Bowling. Watching a movie and eating dinner on TV trays. You may think that God doesn’t care about these seemingly petty things. He does. He cares about every detail. He even knows how many hairs are on your head (Matthew 10:30). Someone who cares about something as mundane as counting hairs, cares about how you spend Mother’s Day. My day was perfect. I think it was better than our beach plans would have been. We all were allowed to just be with each other and relax. I have 2 teens and a tween. There isn’t much relaxing in our home. It’s busy. I woke today to the hectic pace of a Monday school day but I smiled from ear to ear. My heart full from a day with my precious children.

If you are “go with the flow,” more power to you. If you are type-A, like me, don’t worry. I encourage both types to try adopting “If the Lord wills.” Our days will be more joyful if we allow Him to guide it.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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