We are smack dab in the middle of our vacation. This is the “big” family vacation, the one we have been planning for years. Bobby’s brother and his family flew in from the East Coast, and his sister is here with her husband and baby Emma. Yesterday, my parents joined us at Disneyland and all together we made a party of 16. It isn’t easy to navigate 16 people through the park, but the payoff is worth it. Filling up an entire It’s A Small World boat and seeing the kids eyes light up at the lights, colors and dolls is worth it. Going on Star Tours and having my brother-in-law, Josh, chosen as the “Rebel Spy” to the cheers of half the cabin will be a memory we will relive for many Christmases to come. Going with Emma and her parents for her first ride on Pirates of the Caribbean is priceless. At 4 months old, she won’t remember it but we will never forget it.
It is great fun but it is inevitable that moments of stress seep in. The loud personalities are louder and the quiet ones are quieter. Making sure children and grandparents don’t get lost or left is half of it.
On the trip down to So Cal (that started way too early on Sunday morning 3:45am), I was in the Word looking for sanity and found a verse that has I’ve kept close on this trip:
“That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.” (Mark 11:24 MSG)
Thank God it is okay to pray for anything and everything, big or small. In fact, the more you invite God into your world the more opportunity he has to impact it.
I am continually amazed that God wants to be a part of my world, wants to join me in my day, walk with me in the midst of chaos or the solace of solitude.
I’m not going get much solace in solitude on this trip but I’m definitely asking God to give me his everything in the midst of this special brand of Grasso chaos.
I hope you are having a fantastic day and whatever you are doing that you invite God to be a part of it.