We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! We took our last camping trip for the season. Ok, last family camping trip as I won’t go camping unless we are in our camper. J So I guess I do “glamping” instead. Jake is planning on going out again soon but when he goes he is in a tent. He says that’s real camping – LOL!
This trip is always bittersweet for me. I reflect back on all the memories we made this summer as a family on all of our adventures. We made changes from past adventures in order to do what would be fun for the kids. By doing that, it allowed us to do things we typically wouldn’t do which is good for us so we get out of our comfort zone occasionally. For example, 3 years ago we would not have stayed at a campground all day to go to the petting zoo and play games. But this summer we did that and had an amazing day!
This past weekend we went with some dear friends that moved here from Georgia. Our families have gone through some similar hardships and after being states apart the last four years they are finally down the street again and it is wonderful!! It was so fun having them with us this weekend and made it special.
But this trip was not what either family planned. It started by the check engine light coming on a week before we left in our car that pulls the camper. Luckily, it just needed a new battery. Jake took this past Friday off work so we could leave for Estes Park first thing in the morning. But as we went to hook up the camper, we realized the camper batteries were dead. So we jumped them which resulted in one of them exploding. Yes, exploding! Thankfully, I had just put the kids in their car seats and walked away or else we would have been hit with battery acid. Then, while camping our friends tried to start their car and it was dead. Not even a jump could get it to start. So they had to have their car towed to a town about 45 minutes away.
After watching their car be towed to a town they had not even visited yet, we began talking about how in all these situations we prayed God would show us what the problem was and help us to solve it. And even though it didn’t go the way WE wanted it to go, He STILL answered our prayers. How many times has this happened to you? God doesn’t always answer prayers the way we want them but He sees a bigger picture. He loves us more than we can even comprehend. And yet, how many times do we doubt that He’s listening to us or even is answering our prayers? This is the same God that knows how many hairs are on each of our heads! And yet we doubt Him if things don’t go exactly according to the way we think they should.
So the next time things may not be going the way you want them, take a minute and pray that God can show you how He is answering your prayer. That way you will focus on all the positives (my kids didn’t get hit with battery acid) instead of the negatives (we are now leaving 2hrs later than we were planning and the trip home may take double the time). Remember, we serve a God of love and His heart is kind to us.
I pray you each have a great weekend!