So last week I got a text from my daughter who has a new job. She has prayed about it, talked about it, researched it, discussed it with her husband, with me, with friends, and she has had all kinds of angst about it but she took the job. She is moving back to LaPorte, she and her husband are selling their house, and he is looking for a job as a surgical nurse (if you hear of an opening let me know). So she asked me to help move a couple of things back to our house where they will live TEMPORARILY. So the question was, “Can you come down with your truck and move these things because my job starts next week?” The answer was yes, I had some time to drive down there with all that it entails.
My son and daughter-in-law have recently bought a house and are trying to figure out when they will be able to move in. I would, of course, like to help them too. The challenge comes in blending three family schedules. You have perhaps faced this same dilemma. I have lived so much of my life for other people it becomes second nature to drop everything and try to accommodate the need. It is getting harder to do that. I do get the sense that my life and time is running out and that I need to do some things that I have wanted to do. Duty and calling sometimes prevent me from just chucking it all in and buying a land-yaght and heading for Montana.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids and the adventure they are on. I want to be involved and help. I love my job too. Yet, a passage in the Bible kept coming up in my thoughts. I was thinking about Psalm 90:12, “ Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” So perhaps what I need to do first is drop everything and pray, think, and plan with the end in sight. After all we just don’t know, do we? There is that wobbly balance between faith, family, work, and play that we all struggle with from time to time.