Friday, August 4, 2017

I just don't know if I'm coming or going!

Here in England we have just started our summer break from school routines. So we have been enjoying – or enduring – all that comes with packing and planning for some time away together. It feels as though I don’t know if I’m coming or going! I know for many of you it is time for getting ready to return to the routines of school, and believe me that is on my mind already too! Going from one season to another, from one routine to another is incredibly stressful, logistically challenging and emotionally demanding.

There are so many things to consider and plan for, even planning for the unexpected becomes part of the intricate planning. I don’t suppose I’m the only one who visualizes their way through all the possible scenarios in advance looking for the hazards, the needs and the pitfalls. Or the only one who has a handbag crammed with all manner of potentially essential items from a collection of tiny fiddle and sensory toys, to small sand timers, mini notebooks and pens, bubbles for distraction, emergency ‘when all else fails snacks’ for those meals which just don’t work out, and of course the first aid plasters so if needed we have one that’s familiar.

In all of these comings and goings stress levels rise for me as I walk others through them. Eating and sleeping fall apart a little, and my own anxieties at not being able to walk them through it well enough begin to spiral. And I love returning to this verse – so short I can carry it around with me, it can repeat and repeat in my thinking in the midst of everything when I am open and listening, sending out gentle but strong ripples of peace and well-being. He sees. He knows. He cares. He is able.
What is round the next corner for you and your family right now? What is looming at the horizon? What planning are you in the thick of, with all its minute detail, complex decisions and anxiety. Speak this verse into it all. Let it repeat as a reminder that He sees. He knows. He cares. He is able.

God I worry when I can’t see the way ahead. I worry I am not enough for all the emotional care and support that season changes bring to family life. Remind me you see what’s ahead, and you see me. Bring me your peace again today. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. It amazes me each day how relevant these writings are to the very issues I am grappling with at the time. Thank you so much for being transparent and an instrument of God's love.