Disruption to plans is not always a welcomed guest. We find comfort in familiar places. Routines provide opportunities to remember our story: individual and collective. They help inform identity as we move about this side of Heaven. However, 2020 has thrust us toward recognizing that routines and expectations may change. What then?
Several years ago, my husband and I had to make a “punch-in-the-gut” decision: to cancel our family’s reservation for family camp. Unexpected financial hardship marked the year. After waiting until the last minute, we realized that we could not afford our annual vacation to our beloved refuge at our denominational church camp. As we broke the news to our kids, lament ensued. We valued that time every August as an opportunity to be restored in body and soul. Our time spent with each other and the sacred community of staff and friends was such a blessing. It would be missed.
But we recognized that the week could become an opportunity for something new. Plans for a staycation began. Living near Chicago, my husband and I thought about all the places that we wanted to visit but never had. Sometimes when you are a local, you take them for granted. Each day’s destination surprised our kids. I will never forget the excitement of my older two as we stood in front of a fun restaurant that they had heard about but never visited. The week offered new adventures, unexpected opportunities, and a reminder that “cancel” can yield to “new.”
What does the rest of the year entail? Will our calendar events reach fruition as expected? Questions remain. We may encounter disappointment. It’s OK to lament. But let us remember that blessings can unfold in different ways.
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