Wednesday, March 8, 2017

When Spring Break Plans Aren't Glorious

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18  (NIV)

The sun is peeking through our skies a bit more. Buds are beginning on my lilac bushes. My sweaters are making their way towards the back of my closet.
These are the signs that spring is drawing near. With spring comes that highly anticipated holiday from school here in the US known as spring break.

Over the past few weeks, I have seen the excitement spark in some friends. They ask for vacation spot recommendations on Facebook. They announce plans or surprises they have in store for their children that week. They hint that those days will be easy going and laid back for their families. Some are probably purchasing special outfits, swimsuits, or other items for their vacations.
Normally, I plan fun things during spring break and look forward to it too, but not this time.

While others are planning and researching their fun plans, I have been reading up on a surgery. This year on spring break my daughter will be in an operating room. It is not considered a “major” surgery, but it will require at least one night in the hospital and possibly time in the ICU. After she leaves the hospital, she will need recovery time at home for a few days to possibly a week.
To prepare for our spring break, I have been reading surgical stories and articles, so I know what to expect. I am trying to figure out the logistics of my son’s care while my daughter has this surgery at a hospital a little over 3 hours from home. As it gets closer, I will be stocking up on pain medications and foods that Jaycee will eat when she’s not feeling well.

While I am looking forward to the end result of the surgery, I am not looking forward to my daughter’s surgery. It is a date I’m dreading for my daughter who won’t understand what is happening until it happens.
In moments like this, it can be easy to see how much our lives differ from others. Jealousy tries to attach itself to me when I hear about fun others are planning. Other emotions try to come on too, none of which are Godly. As I anticipate this spring break with prayer, God is reminding me to think eternally.

Temporary issues in life can cause discouragement, which is why I need to check what my eyes are fixed upon. If I gaze away from God too long, I start to feel sorry for our family’s situation. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter if spring break for us is much different than others. What matters is that Jaycee will be healthier at the end of all of this as we stay close to God during the process.
Not thrilled with your plans for spring break? Let's pray:

God, help me to keep an eternal perspective when less than ideal circumstances come our way. Help me to care for my family with good attitudes no matter the setting. Help my heart to take courage and my mind to be renewed as the days draw near to dates on my calendar that mark unpleasant medical appointments or surgeries. May I continue to find joy in You every day as You help me to keep my eyes fixed on You. Amen!



  1. Thank you - you're right, it's easy to become jealous of others whose lives look easier. When I find myself giving in to those kinds of feelings, I know I've got to get away from Facebook and some of the other social media and refocus on the blessings God has given me. Thanks for helping me to refocus today!

    1. Yes! Facebook usually just shows the happy side of life and seems to get me off track. That's why staying connected with God is so important!

  2. Oh no. I'm sorry to hear about this. Our plans don't always go our way. But let's not lose heart.

    I pray for your daughter's fast recovery and that may her spirit be also renewed in the process.

  3. It's easy to take our eyes of of God and His eternal plan. Thank you for the encouragement! I needed this. I've been very sick for the past few days and it is hard to pray and thank God for other things while I am upset about a migraine. I would encourage you to pray and ask God to keep Him on the brain and thinking positive. Keep a heart of thankfulness :) I hope the surgery goes perfect!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. One of my sons had his tonsils and adenoids removed last Wednesday, and we are in the middle of a tough recovery. Struggling to get him to eat/drink and trying to control any pain/discomfort as best we can. I so wish he was feeling great and we were off on some great Sprinf Break adventure right now

    1. Oh I feel ya! My daughter had that surgery when she was 3, and it was not easy! Hope he feels better soon!