I was exasperated.
By day 5 of vacation, the kids seemed to have had enough togetherness. Now, being a homeschooling family, we’re used to togetherness. But, for some reason, everyone was irritable and out of sorts – myself included. I was frustrated with their behavior and everyone’s “me first” attitude. After about the 20th time saying, “That’s not very kind,” I had lost my patience and was on the verge of letting my thoughts fly freely. Maybe I should just bolt for a little while. Getting away would at least give me some quiet.
OK, disappearing wouldn’t solve anything. But, I had to do something.
And then I remembered that Emma had brought a book of devotions with her, but we’d neglected opening it. And so, I rounded up the gang and plopped the book in the middle of the bed.
I opened it to the correct date and began reading:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
Everyone’s eyes got big as eyebrows raised… myself included. We each looked at each other sheepishly. Perhaps God was watching. Actually, I’m certain of it. And in His perfect way and perfect timing, He got our attention. We talked about our actions and the corresponding verse for a few minutes before resuming our day. And, you know, everyone’s attitude improved.
God’s word is powerful and His timing impeccable. For that, I’m grateful.