I gotta say, I’m a little sad. Maybe it’s disappointment. Heck, there might be a tad of irritation too. Let me explain.
Almost a year and a half ago, the idea of going to Europe with Mitch’s brother and my sister-in-law, was born. You know how it starts…”Hey, we ought to …(fill in the blank).” They were so excited, and so were we! And then it grew. Our two grown daughters wanted to come. Our nephews and their wives wanted to come. Then, our good friends, Barry and Sherri, who had never been to Europe decided to join us in London after spending a few days doing a longed-for tour of Normandy in France.
And so it went. Mitch started writing and emailing funny newsletters to educate and entertain. Plane reservations were made, city passes were purchased and we found a nice hotel that would accommodate all of us.
God is Good…and Never Surprised
Then Covid hit.
To my shame, I was the most supercilious of all. “Not to worry! There’s no way this thing will still be a problem in October!” A few months later I was not so confident. Especially when the UK started requiring a 14-day quarantine in the hotel before a traveler could integrate. Hmmm…quarantine for two weeks then vacation for one. Probably not gonna happen. So we set the deadline of August 31st as the cutoff date for going forward or pulling the plug.
The plug is now officially pulled and we’re in the process of changing the reservations to April, 2021.
But God is good, all the time. As with most things in life, we’ll likely look back and be able to say the postponement ended up being a good thing.
Covid-19 is not a surprise to God. And He always goes before those who belong to His Son and makes a way. Even when we can’t see it. We haven’t forgotten the verse we just read in the 8th chapter of Romans, verse 28, have we? “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Do we act like we know that? I hope so. I hope that – whether in suffering or disappointment – our witness is that we truly know that, in the depths of our souls.
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