Well, I hadn’t planned to write about spring break as “What a week!”,
but it really was. On the way home, Alan said it was one of the most restful vacations
he’s ever had, but here’s why this is so striking to me:
It was totally not what we’d planned! We’d planned a break “for just the two of us” so we could really relax,
but we ended up with three extra customers!
Our two youngest and their best friend had planned a ski trip in upstate New York for their spring break, but this year’s balmy El Nino weather totally shut down any hope of March madness skiing in the mountains, so we bought an extra six-man tent, and they flew down to join us for a week of fun in the sun at Fort Wilderness instead. From a perfectly selfish point of view, you might imagine that doing whatever you jolly well please for a week would be more refreshing than engaging with three 20-somethings, but what we took on in an effort to love our kids turned out to be a totally wonderful week of joy and happiness, proving once again that God’s ways are the best, and he multiplies our joys as we share love with others!
Now, I have to admit that the addition of three fully mature,
exceptionally wonderful young adults would not require near the energy outlay of taking on an entire family. Doubtless it helped to have perfect weather…warm and sunny every day. EPCOT’s home and garden show was spectacularly beautiful,
and the guys did their own thing a lot, so we had ample freedom. But, I still believe the principle holds: Sharing love multiplies joy. If you’re wondering about doing something just for yourself next vacation, or you have the option of doing something that might bless others also,
please consider sharing the love! 🙂 “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.”