Backup plans

I imagined myself having lots of writing time during this adventure with my daughter because she writes, too, and neither of us likes being outside in the heat and humidity. However, the purpose of the trip was to get her settled in for school and that’s just taken more time than we originally allotted.
She moved into Lynn’s apartment. We unpacked and rearranged the bedroom furniture, assuming that Lynn will recover and be able to go home at some point. Later we went shopping for a small desk and chair. Lastly, we went to campus and checked out the building Beth will be in and the parking situation.
She has four days of orientation next week. Two days ago, she received an email saying that one of them would be held online. Yesterday she received an email saying that all of them would be held online and to come up with an alternate syllabus and coursework (for the classes she’ll be teaching) if the program ends up completely online. If that happens, she might as well move back home.
We’ve come up with about five different “plans” based on every possible scenario, but really, it just all comes down to living each day as it is given to us. With everything that’s happened in the past week, I was honestly thinking of changing my flight and staying here longer, but Beth has been handling each potential roadblock really well, setting up backup plans, reaching out to people here, so I guess I can let go and let her deal with whatever happens. Maybe she doesn’t need me to take care of everything, and maybe that’s okay.
Today is her birthday. It’s difficult to see her as the grown woman she’s become when I want so desperately to hold onto the two-year-old who needed her Mama.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Please join me this week in praying for all those who will be separated from their adult children and relatives as school restarts across the country. Pray that the adults will trust in the Lord to care for their precious children. Pray for the children (young adults) to look to the Lord and make decisions that align with God’s plan for their lives. Pray that those who are saved take their light with them and share the gospel with everyone they meet. Pray that those who are not saved meet someone who leads them to Christ. Let’s also pray that the time spent traveling together is God-honoring. Pray that God gives us the words to speak to our children – words that they need to hear. Let’s pray all of these things in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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