"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him."
Psalm 127:3

I had three sick kiddos home with me yesterday and two today. My plans for this week have screeched to a halt to take care of my ill children. My son and my youngest daughter still have fevers today, so school is out for tomorrow also.

It's at times like this that I realize that the world is not going to spin off its axis if I have to cancel plans. Sometimes I think God throws a wrench in my planning to show that He alone is the only One who is indispensable--not me. I can get so frantic, so focused, so..well...self-absorbed when my busyness gets out of hand. And then God graciously reminds me that He ultimately controls my calendar. There are times when I have fumed over not being able to have life go my way. This time, I am trying to consciously enjoy the time with my kids during this unexpected "sick-cation" we have taken together.

I will say good-bye to my oldest in just six years. Two years after that, I will have another leave the nest and two years after that, my last one. Whatever is on my agenda today will be forgotten by next month. But I have an opportunity to read to them, slow down, and have those conversations that are so difficult to have because of life's normal hectic pace.

My children are a gift--one that I will have under my roof for such a short time. I need to take advantage of this time and make the most of it.

Jesus, You say to give thanks in all things for this is God's will for me in Christ Jesus. Thank you, Lord, for the flu, not for my children's discomfort, but for time I wouldn't normally have with them this week at home.