Thursday, December 16, 2010
Plans and People
Plans are funny. We make them and brake them so quickly. I woke up this morning to the sound of one of my nice neighbors shoveling snow off the sidewalk. Or at least I was pretty sure that was what I was hearing. So I peeked out the window and--sure enough--the world was white. In an instant I canceled any plans for my usual walks and decided to hunker down and stay inside all day. I had a quiet, cozy day planned for myself full of prepping posts for a little later and staying cozy in my apartment all day long.
But people are more important than plans. Usually our home is quiet with just our little family bustling about it. But today we had one visitor after the next--some were expected and some just came as nice surprises--from morning until evening. Today was very different from my usual. But I'm glad about that. The plans I made this morning when I looked out the window were all about me. I didn't want to go outside in the snow. I wanted to sit and work on things for my blog. I wanted to be in charge of my day. Heavenly Father had a little something else in mind.
First some friends who will be moving soon came to visit us. It was so nice to have time to chat and let our kids play together before their family goes off an adventure for a while. Then my best friend and her daughter (Olivia's best friend) came over for a visit. Olivia loved it. Absolutely loved it. And my friend and I had a good time chatting and making some treats to share. Then my fun sister-in-law showed up out of the blue. Long story short, some car maintenance left her stranded at my place and I was happy to have her here. She's lived close to us almost our entire marriage, but she's getting married and moving away soon. It was so nice and fun to have one last hurrah just running errands and hanging out at home together before she moves a little farther away. And then Bryan's little sister was a peach and came to babysit for us while we went out on a little double date with our friends. (Thank you!)
So the day that I had planned for just myself and my little family quickly became about so many other people and enjoying their company and helping them with their needs. And although I've come to the end of the day having done none of the things on my mental to-do list, I've been blessed to do so much of what I hope the Lord wanted me to do today. I've spent the day with people I love and I'm so happy about that. Things like blog posts can wait for tomorrow. People can't.
I'm so grateful Heavenly Father had a better plan for me today. I feel like it puts me one eensie weensie step closer to becoming more like the selfless people you've all been telling us about. Please keep those stories coming. I have so much to learn.