Yesterday was supposed to be my day working from home, getting the house cleaned, and catching up on laundry. I had grand plans of getting a head start on the chores, allowing for more rest time this weekend. But then the school called….son wasn’t feeling well, something didn’t seem right, probably need to take him to urgent care….and just like that, my plans were changed.
I wish I could say I handled the whole day with grace, but while we were in the urgent care with various tests being run, one of my big thoughts was “how much is this going to cost me?”. My insurance isn’t the greatest, and with a high deductible, I just knew this was going to be a huge chunk of change. Unfortunately I semi-joked with my son that he was costing me a fortune, and while we both laughed, I knew he was thinking about money now too. Once I realized what I had done, I made sure to tell him that I would spend a million dollars if it meant he was going to be ok, and I tried to get the focus off of money, and onto him.
While my plans of getting things done had changed, I ended up with the opportunity to spend over 5 hours just hanging out with my son. Sure, it wasn’t an ideal place to be, but we got to laugh and talk like we hadn’t been able to in quite a while due to the busyness of our schedule. It was just what we both needed, minus the tests and the waiting rooms. 🙂
Sometimes, as a type A personality who likes to have everything planned out, God has to shake my plans up a little bit to get me to see what’s really important. I focus so much on getting things checked off my list that I often miss the relationships that I’m neglecting around me. Sure, I may get a lot accomplished in a day, but who have I failed to really see and interact with on those days? I’m so driven by my need to get things done that I lose sight of what really matters – people.
After a reality check yesterday that life is short, and we have no idea what may happen tomorrow, God gently reminded me of the need to slow down, be patient, and be present with the people in my life, and to treasure each day, even if it means adding it to my daily “to do” list. 🙂
This weekend, I encourage you to slow down as well, and spend some time with those around you. May you be able to reconnect with your kids on a deeper level, reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in quite a while, or even spend some time with God that may have been pushed aside due to your crazy schedules. You may end up finding, like me, that it’s the most productive day you’ve had in quite a while.
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4).