Learning to hold it loosely

I believe we are all learning the fine art of holding things loosely. In the pre-COVID-19 world we would have been leaving over the weekend to go visit our kids and grands in Ohio.  The goal was to help out our son finish off a new bedroom and bathroom in their basement for their oldest daughters in anticipation of the arrival of a new baby due in early June.

We were really looking forward to not only being able to help, but to just spend some time with those kiddos.
“Stay at Home” orders meant we had to let go of those plans.

After that we’d planned to head off to our May SOWER project in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, where we were looking forward to working with SOWER friends that we hadn’t seen in a while.
But using an ‘abundance of caution’ our ministry has cancelled all of our May projects and asked us to shelter in place if possible. We’ve had to let the pleasant thought of working with friends go.

So far our June project is still on, but like so many  small businesses, our ministry partners are struggling too.  All retreats and activities have been cancelled through April, and many through May. Even Summer Camping Programs are in question. No one can really say what June will look like, so whether or not they will want us to come is still to be determined. We don’t know what June will bring.

And then there’s July. Last summer we scheduled a big family reunion at The Cabin for the middle of July. Everyone was on board, and plans were in the works. Way back in early March one of our sons asked if I thought this coronavirus thing was going to impact The Reunion. Of course not, was my firm reply. It’s way off in July! And yet, here we are in mid-April and July is looking just a little bit iffy. Oh, it’s too early to tell, and we are certainly moving forward with plans…..

but we are holding those plans loosely.

Perhaps these are lessons we need to apply regardless of a Global Pandemic.  I’ve come to be believe that holding our plans loosely is what we are called to do –

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Yes, that.

3 thoughts on “Learning to hold it loosely”

  1. Excellent reminder of the truth we so easily lose sight of.
    God is always good and always wise.
    Thanks.
    Love you,
    Joie

  2. Hi, Steph,
    Yes, i’m Catching up on your blog. Some days I read the current one but today it is going back to April!

    I just finished a Bible study of James on You Version by Francis Chan. James is one of my favorite books because he always challenges me. And your verse today certainly does that. Patience, flexibility.

    We spent late January thru April in Arizona having to cancel all our RV adventures. We are now in Indiana where we had modifications done to the living room area of our motorhome and now having hail damage from a year ago being repaired. Thinking James again.

    Your blog is a blessing to me in many ways. I laugh, cry, sing, pray, and praise with your sharing. Thank you for keeping this blog going.

    We met a SOWERS. couple in Sacramento, CA in November. I wish I could remember their names. Regardless, it was a blessing to hear about their experiences.

    Blessed days and travels to you.

    Blessings,
    Char

  3. Hey, Char! Thanks for stopping by – and for your lovey comments. Sometimes I do wonder just why I keep at this blogging thing, so your words are a great encouragement to me. May you be blessed in your travels too!

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