"I have told you these things, so that in me you may find peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~John 16:33
Back in April, after daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and the three grands visit over spring break, my husband, Danny, and I promise to see them during the summer. What's that old saying? If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Yep! Turns out to be all too true.
What with Mom's extended illness, and all the post-death chores dumped in our laps, time for vacation and reuniting with our distant family is out of the question. It is especially wrenching for me this week as both Virginia and Alexandra are celebrating birthdays. We missed being there last year due to Covid, and now, having to miss another one? Talk about birthday blues!
Of course, we will do the tried and true FaceTime this week, but as we all know too well, it's no substitute for being with family in person. Sarah will be sure to send us photos of the birthday festivities, and that will have to suffice. >Sigh!<
I must admit, there is a part of me that simply no longer wants to plan ahead. It seems that every time we craft a strategy these days, we're met with roadblock after roadblock. Yet, I have to keep faith that the Lord has a reason for all of this stalling. So, I'm going to keep praying, and when the time is right, I'm sure God will open our eyes to His opportunities.
Yes, there will always be trouble in this world, but we need to remind ourselves that Jesus has already overcome them all. We will continue to abide in His peace and love, and do the best we can to share that peace and love with others.
In the meantime . . .
Happy Birthday, Virginia!
Happy Birthday, Alexandra!
Gammie and Papa love you both up to the moon and back! (And Savannah, you know we love you, too!)