“I don’t have to, I get to.” – Jen Schmidt, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
A recent weekend was “supposed” to include a 90th birthday celebration for my grandmother-in-law.
I was “supposed” to use the 10+ hours of car time to work on a project on my laptop. Instead, one of my children woke up with a fever just hours before we’d planned to leave.
So I stayed home with her while my husband took our other daughter to enjoy the party.
There was a time when this would have upset me. I would have felt anguish over not being with everyone, not celebrating the birthday girl.
But I’ve learned.
A change of plans can be a blessing when we look for the silver lining.
So I sent my love and reminded him to take the prettiest bouquet in the store to his grandma.
An unexpected quiet weekend making soup for my daughter, watching movies together, and serving her in a way she hasn’t needed me in quite awhile was such a blessing.
Turns out, I wasn’t supposed to go to a party that weekend after all – I was supposed to minister to the one child in my home.
I didn’t have to – I got to.
And that was enough.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV