As I checked in at the hotel that day
my thoughts were centered on all the fun my girls and I would have.
Swimming, movies, delicious breakfast, and on and on.
Never would I have dreamed
that it would end in disappointment with us going back home again
that very day.
Why this was a trip that we had planned long in advance.
Every year we go overnight to a nice hotel right after Christmas.
It’s something we talk about long before it happens.
the comfortable big beds,
the sheer joy of being away from home.
This year was no exception.
We packed our bags with anticipation
making sure to take a favorite movie or two
and some chocolate.
At the front desk they handed me the key
and we walked
practically skipped to our room.
Unloaded our belongings
and got all settled in.
Pillows fluffed and swimsuits ready.
Suddenly the electricity went off.
For a few minutes we sat in the dark room
for the it to come back on.
But it didn’t.
Restlessness grew and with it the unspoken questions.
I went back up the darkened hall to the front desk.
“Excuse me, do you have any idea what the problem is?
How long?” my voice faded seeing her shaking head.
“No, I have no idea,” she answered. “Could be LONG.”
No idea, I thought. We are here for just overnight
and do we really want to spend it looking at each other in the dark?
Sadly we decided to return home and have our overnight another time.
Disappointments are part of life.
Cars break down
Electricity goes off.
An unexpected crises.
Sometimes there is simply no way that you could have been prepared.
The key is how look at the disappointment.
Do we kick the wall with anger?
Do we take it out on another?
Or do we blame ourselves?
There is a quote that hangs by my computer
that encourages me through the changes of life.
“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”
Yes, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Words of peace and contentment. Words of truth and promise.
We plan and plan
we set our sails in a certain direction
but God controls the winds.
So let’s live life with an open hand
ready to receive or have taken away whatever He allows.
Always lifting our voices high with songs of rejoicing.
How about it?