Friday, March 12, 2010

The Vacation, Lists and Lists and Lists- 58 Days to Go

Every Friday until our vacation, we will post items concerning our upcoming vacation. This is the first of those posts.

I confess, I am a list maker.

I have even been known to make lists of lists.
I am one of those people who find joy in marking things off a list. There is just a certain sense of accomplishment to me, not so much in the doing of the item, but in the marking it off the list.

So in planning our vacation, I have lists and lists. Actually, I have a whole section of software dedicated to planning our vacation. Let me say here, if you have never used the software One Note, it is wonderful for planning or organizing events, research, studies or even just your weekly menus. I recommend it highly for anyone who loves using the computer and loves organizing their data.

Commercial over, now back to the vacation.

A trip of 23 hours, 21 minutes by car, traveling 1446.32 miles needs more than just casual planning. I have for weeks been reading reviews for various hotels in the two major cities we will visit. I have tapped in our arrival and destination dates so many times I am almost sick of seeing them. I have compared multiple sites, multiple times. I now know Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, Kayak - a personal favorite just because of the name, and intimately. Finally, we have hotel reservations. The relief is almost as big as the bill.

With four of us in this party and I feel pressed to make it as pleasurable and comfortable for everyone involved. I have wanted to make sure our accommodations offered us everything that each of us want or need.

The one thing I have known all along, however, is that I was not alone in these plans. This vacation has not taken the Lord by surprise -- in fact were it not for His provision there would be no vacation. I truly believe that the Lord has a plan in MY plans. The psalmist said "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in His way." (Psalms 37:23)

Believing that to be true, I have sought the Lord's guidance and wisdom in making these plans. " If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)

I don't have to feel that the plans are all mine, there is Wisdom to be had and Guidance to be sought. I am just as confident that the One who has a plan for my very footsteps has plans to reveal Himself to us along each of the 1446 miles in ways we could never imagine beforehand. As much as I am excited about seeing these cities for the first time, and sharing them with my husband and daughters, I am excited about what I know the Lord will reveal to me about Himself along the way. No journey is wasted for those who want to see.

I look forward to the journey and to sharing it with all of you.

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