I was reminded yesterday that as a homeschooling family, flexibility is a must. I am a person who thrives when there is a plan. I don’t like flying by the seat of my pants. I hate “winging” it. I like knowing what is up ahead. Then life throws me a curve ball. Most of the time those curve balls are not a big deal. But I can make them into a BIGGER deal that they need to be because I stress about it not being in the plan. Being a mom means that there is so much you do with your children that is not part of the plan.
I had a choice to make yesterday. We had planned to do an ant farm in our homeschool schedule. Just NOT this week. This week was supposed to be sea creatures. Last time I checked ants don’t live in the sea. However, my ants arrived in the mail late Monday. So that meant that I had to get those pesky and oh so creepy ants in their farm before I killed them. Which also meant that we needed to change our course this week. After I had already planned the week. Is it a big deal? Nope. But it can cause me stress when I think about things not going according to ‘my” plan.
After a few stressful moments, I realized that I just needed to change. It wasn’t a big deal and flying by the seat of my pants was going to have to be ok. Now if I can just remember to do that when the Bigger things in life require that I change my plans and listen to the Lord telling me. “It is okay if you life plans change, because I am right here with you. Even if you can’t see me, I AM here.”
The Lord has reassured me time and time again that even though homeschooling was never in my plan and truthfully very far from what I ever thought I be in my plan. I now can’t imagine doing things any differently. I am exactly where I need to be. But this would have never had happened if I didn’t listen and realize that I needed to bend and be flexible and to think differently that I ever had before.
What areas in life do you need a little flexibility? Are you like me and need that plan? What happens when life doesn’t happen according to your plan?