At bedtime this evening I asked my kids their favorite part of the day. All three (old enough to tell me) told me that it was when we all played princess-superhero-ninjas and saved the king from the evil queen and her minions.
My four young kids and I are on a little summer getaway down in Nashville for a few days while my husband deals with some especially difficult work stuff. The goal was to get out of Dodge and give him some space. We didn’t make any actual plans for our time here other than staying with my sister-in-law. (Thank you again ;) ) She had some plans this afternoon and we had the place to ourselves.
After being in the car from 8am-8pm yesterday, I’m tired, a “little” cranky, and feeling overwhelmed. What was I going to do with four stir crazy children on a hot humid day in a city I don’t know at all on next to zero budget?
I could feel the tightness in my chest, the shortening of my patience.
They were getting wilder, and wilder. I was getting more and more overwhelmed. We were all headed for an emotional, overtired downward spiral of awful and we were headed there fast.
After coming up short looking for some new and exciting “toy-like” distraction to keep them from running laps around the living room and leaping from the ottoman onto the couch on repeat, I knew I needed to do something.
I took a deep breath, and focused every fiber in my being into sounding fun and happy.
“Guys! I just found out that the King has been captured by an evil queen, and we MUST go on a quest to save him! Do any of you have any magic powers or secret weapons?!?”
It was exactly what they needed.
It was exactly what I needed.
We all ended up having a lot of fun.
This month’s theme for the blog is based on Isaiah 58:11,
I felt like my kids and I were in a sun-scorched land this afternoon. I was so stuck focusing on my circumstances, feeling overwhelmed. I was spinning my wheels trying to figure out how to change my circumstances.
At the end of the day we were still away from home on a hot humid day in a city I don’t know at all on next to zero budget. But once I shifted my focus, we had a great day.
There are a lot bigger circumstances we deal with as Christians, a lot of sun-scorched lands. When we get stuck feeling like we will be desperate and unhappy until our circumstances change, we are not listening to what scripture tells us again and again.
When Isaiah writes about the well watered garden, the spring whose waters never fail, but the circumstances haven’t changed. We’re still in sun scorched lands. Faith and trust in God and His plan lead us to look beyond our circumstances and know that despite it all, we are Chosen children of a miraculous King who can and will transform us into well watered gardens, constant springs, if we can let go and let Him.
We’re not meant to sail through this life happily and easily without obstacles and hardships. Quite the opposite. God doesn’t abandon us in the desert like our sins deserve. He promised that when we let go of everything else but Him, He will renew us from within with His living water.
Vanquishing the evil queen with my little ones is a great memory I hope we all hold onto for a long time.
Vanquishing the evil Foe is said and done by our Father who is waiting for us to look away from our circumstances, and trust His good and perfect will, which is always, always for our good.