It was around the last week of July, when I heard someone say, “I can’t believe it’s going to be August!”
Summer 2017 is no longer at a crawl but seemingly speeding to its end. I began to internalize the coming month and felt a slight panic because of all the upcoming appointments, meetings and training days before another school year begins.
I began to think, “what can I do?” There must be more to squeeze out of the last bit of July.
I decided to take off a day from my summer job to take my kids to the beach. I imagined the playful time in the ocean and sand-filled toes. However, the night before going, my kids diminished my daydreaming plans. They did not want to go.
So, we began to brainstorm ideas. I even pulled out my AAA magazines usually filled with local traveling events and places to go. As the next morning meandered with a gentle prodding to wake me up, I realized it was not as early as I hoped. My kids were still not fully awake either.
Now a late start to our day as we decided on a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm (a local amusement park). It’s not too far away and we have not been to any amusement parks in a very long time. By the time shoes were being placed on our freshly cleaned feet, I hear my husband holler, “…the Park will be closed by the time you get there”. Yes, sleeping-in and having a snail’s pace to get out the door did delay our time but something in me felt the need to keep going.
We left leaving the house with a cooler of drinks and yesterday’s premade sandwiches with one stop on the way. I thought, at the time, it was a good idea to avoid online processing fees by picking up lower priced tickets from our local AAA branch office. I figured we would swing by, give my membership card, they would give us tickets and away we go. The lady at the front counter says, “Have a seat and someone will be with you in 20 minutes!”
Whoops, another setback.
We decided to make use of our time, so daughter grabbed the sandwiches from the car for us to eat. She noticed the car next to us had a license plate frame that said, “Relax, God’s in Charge”. I said, “Then that’s what we will do”. After patiently waiting our turn our name was called…soon to be on our way! We find out the computer systems are not operating well. In fact, we were told “You may not be able to purchase tickets today.”
But, remember, “Relax… because God’s got this,” I said to my daughter as her face was full of disappointment and mixed with a bit of frustration.
I believe God already planted me with quietude the moment my kids said they didn’t want to go to the beach. I know the sign on the car was his way of assuring me again to chill because everything would work out.
We eventually made it to Knott’s and had a great time. But not without one more holdup. The first ride we waited in line was moving quickly until we heard the announcement. “There is a delay for this ride, and we do not know for how long; you may stay in line or enjoy other rides in the park.”
Funny! Talk about slowing down time.
We DID make it on that at ride, eventually. It turned out riding a wooden rollercoaster late at night, after waiting a second time in line for more than an hour, was the best way to end our day. Apparently, it is the longest wooden coaster ride on the United States West Coast. We were completely satisfied. Leave it to God to give us the biggest smiles on our faces as we headed to the car.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart: do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5
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