Like a script I've been writing in my head for months, years, really, the stage was set in my mind. The script has gotten a couple of tears and holes and stains on it as it's become familiar and well used. And in the course of the last 48 hours, it's looked a lot more like recycling material. Our departure scene? I have to say, my script did not include the car service ringing our doorbell 35 minutes before our scheduled time and with me just stepping out of the shower. It did not include half a dozen crucial last minute items left behind. It did not include cancelled flights, late arrivals and missing luggage. It did not include the crib in pieces with missing parts, the mattress not ordered, and the dust ruffle and quilt still in storage. It did not include the high chair still in the box or the car seat uninstalled.
And don’t even get me started on the house. While not at its complete worst, it definitely is not the shiny picture of a neat house so many post in their pre-trip blog posts. And there shall be no photo evidence as such.
DUDE. I tried.
We ALL tried. We really, really tried. And when it came to “GO” time, the wheels of this venture came flying off and rolling down the street. Look, talk amongst yourselves, if you must. I’ve said it all before myself, anyway. I can self-deprecate with the best of them. I am a BIG PICTURE person. I actually CAN manage the small details and have an eye for them, but if I’m running too many directions at once, I’m a lost cause. And my left eye has a twitch that won’t stop these days.
Whilst hurtling across the world in a metal tube, I’ve had the time to put thought into what in the world God is teaching me through all of this. He must have His reasons for all of this insanity, right? I mean, overall, we’ve held it together fairly well, but we’ve had a few crash and burn moments that have left me wondering why God has us on this mission – because, clearly, we are not crash qualified. We aren’t doing this right. We don’t have it all together yet. WAIT. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be! It was supposed to be just right! Blog worthy! Scrapbook worthy! Perfectly planned and executed!
[insert whining and stomping and tears and gnashing of teeth]
Let me share with you how God uses flight delays and long plane rides for His glory. In this particular instance, in the time it took to travel from one side of the world to the other, He spoke this love letter to my soul.
I love you. I love your heart. I love your obedience. I love your chutzpah when things aren't going quite the way you planned them. I even love every mistake you’ve ever made and every failure you think is yours. But, dear daughter, here’s the thing.
It’s not about you.
It’s all about Me.
Stop worrying about the details because I don’t care if you and your family are a well-oiled machine or not. I don’t care if your house is clean. I don’t care if you put meals in the freezer before you left. I don’t care if you have matching shirts for Gotcha Day. I don’t care if you got to sit in your carefully reserved seats on the plane. I don't care if you had to charge some of the money for your trip. You can even tell Dave Ramsey I said so.
I don’t care if you left your stroller at home or you didn’t have a book to read on the plane or if you left your Bible at home. My Word is with you no matter where you go. And all I really care is that you went. You threw caution to the wind and followed your heart. Where I led, you followed.
So now the reward is yours. You’re here. Delight in these moments. Enjoy this time with your family. Soak up every second of this journey. Laugh off the things that didn’t go quite right. And just wait. Because you know it’s coming in just a few short days. That moment when that sweet baby girl becomes part of your crazy just-as-I-designed-it-to-be family. That moment when there’s one less.
That moment you know without a doubt you’d do it all again.
Every second of the last seven years.
ALL. OF. IT.
This is absolutely all that matters to Me.
Say it with Me. Who cares what everyone else thinks. Be you. I have my reasons for why you are the way you are. Why all of you are who you are.
Trust me. MY crazy goes WAY back.
You can’t out-crazy ME.
Now go change a little piece of the world in the name of Jesus.
Fill in the colors of that big picture you've had. And don't worry about staying in the lines.
I love you. Always.
*Peace overflows in my heart and mind as I rest my head tonight. I'll be back at it tomorrow night with photos and more about our trip here.