I’m a planner…this is no secret. I love organizing, down to the nitty gritty details. And I have done just that for this trip, I can tell you what outfit the girls will be wearing next Wednesday based on the clothes chart that I made for our trip. I know what you are thinking, man, this girl has some control issues…yes, yes I do, this is also no secret.
When it comes to things out of my control, say issues with the airplanes that we are to fly on, I become irritated. Sitting on our plane in Houston for 2.5 hours yesterday morning while they fix a hydraulic problem was not part of my plans for yesterday. Nor was getting to Chicago and waiting another 2 hours for maintenance to fix “some problems” with our airplane to Beijing. When we finally got to board, I was relieved that we would get on the plane, cozy in for our 13.5 hour flight by watching several hours of movies on the TV set they have for each seat and at some point fall asleep. So imagine my disappoint when we plop down to find that there was no entertainment. Man, oh man….mama was not happy…I had not planned on no entertainment. I get that these are 1st world problems, and about 30 minutes into my pity party I begged God to take away my terrible attitude and I heard Him say very clearly “trust me with the details”…which then brought me to tears, because I was disappointed that I hadn’t trusted Him to start with.
Once I pulled myself together, we made the best of it…we put up tents for the girls (a blanket from the back of our seat to over the back of the seat in front of us) The girls loved it, they giggled and played, they watched movies on my computer in their “tent”, they played with Anderson (a four year old that sat behind us) and then a miracle happened! My children who are notorious for not sleeping more than 30 minutes on a flight, fell fast asleep…McMot got 4 hours and half pint got 3! That’s a miracle folks!
So the moral of the story, give it all to Him…ALWAYS!