I am glad that it’s October.
Yes, I know that October brings us one month closer to winter, and for those of you who live in the frozen northern lands like me that means snow, but I really am grateful for a new start. Somehow when I flip the calendar over and see the month — the new month — it fills me with hope and opportunity.
You see, September was hard. September didn’t go as planned. Our family was sick most of the month. When you have a family of nine a long lasting cold really becomes a long lasting cold. And things didn’t get done. Including my September post for 5 Minutes for Faith. It was on my schedule, but then the very cute orange schedule book remained on top of my kitchen cabinet for weeks.
These weren’t my plans.
I had planned to start our homeschool year ahead — with plans photocopied, and trips to the orchard, and nature walks. I had planned to have my meals scheduled and shopping lists prepped. I had planned to stay ahead on my laundry. Wait. That’s always my plan, but somehow that one never seems to work. I had planned to keep on top of my blog writing — get my posts done, add some extras, and more. I had planned to have the kids join different groups and have weekly park days. I had planned to get up early.
My plans didn’t happen.
Instead my September was full of trips to the doctor, neb treatments, and more trips to the doctor. It was making chicken noodle soup and reading with a couch full of littles who coughed away. It was of gathering leaves and bringing them indoors for everyone to admire. It was of writing in the wee hours of the morning, and apologizing for being behind.
I could have been upset. Irritated. Annoyed. I could sit in overwhelm. In feeling behind.
But, I’ve chosen not to. You see, the Lord knew my September even before I ventured into September. He has my days written on the palm of His hand. He knows me. He knows my children. Even in those times that don’t go as we plan we can still honor Him and bring glory to His name. I had to surrender my agenda and adopt the new plan. The day to day, moment by moment plan.
And it was good.
The Lord honored those chicken noodle soup days in September.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 NIV
How about you? Have you had those seasons in life where you know you just need to let go of those plans and rest in the day to day?