Monday, June 27, 2011
Surprise...you need to show up
I had this great idea. Really it was a good one and in my mind I had it all planned out perfectly, the way everything would look (beautiful of course), the way all the food would taste (amazing!), the way the mommies-to-be would respond (breath-taking surprise). This was the plan: we would have a surprise baby shower for the two couples in our home group that are due to have babies in the next month. Everyone was totally excited, the gifts were bought, the cake was made (not by me, but by my amazing and talented friend), the plan was in place.
All week I had been praying against the worst possible scenario, that the guests of honor would not show up to their shower. God assured me that He was in control, I believed that they would be there, at least somewhere down deep I did, but I had a hard time holding onto it for the hours leading up to the surprise shower.
First we get an email. Couple #1 cannot make it, the mother-to-be is understandably tired and needs to rest. So it's decided that since we've already been calling that couple all week "just to make sure everything's okay and they'll be there on Sunday" that it's time to let the husband in on the surprise. He says he'll definitely be there and his wife will come if she's feeling okay. I'm holding onto God's promise by a thread.
Then I get the call. Couple #2 calling to say they can't make it. I begin to do some kind of crazy begging/praying to God and while I'm on the phone with them, the grandmother calls to say she can watch the kids and they say they'll make it after all. Someone once told me, God is never late, but He's never early either. I cannot tell you how true that is, so very, very true.
Now let's take a moment to give you a glimpse of what's going on in my house as I try to get ready for a shower that may or may not include pregnant women. In order to get ready I am trying to do the following things: cook snacks for the party, clean the house, decorate the room, wrap the presents, potty train a 3 year old, feed my children every 15 minutes, break up fights, discipline a five year old, soothe a one year old, remain sane. My hubby, whom I love, really I do, but who sometimes I want to throw a shoe at decides that he'll just run out and take some friends of ours (who don't own a car) shopping. So he was gone ALL AFTERNOON and got home an hour and a half before the party. Have I mentioned I love him, okay, just checking.
God kept nudging me all afternoon to trust Him, to really, actually trust Him. To believe that He could not only bring the guests (all four of them) but He also knows how to make snacks, clean houses, and raise children. Perhaps you are all further along in your walk than me, but I am always shocked at how hard of a time I have with trusting God with the small things, I mean trust you to get my house clean...really You care about that?
I managed to remain mostly sane and almost calm with the gentle reminders He was giving me. And in the end it was a wonderful baby shower, the house was good enough, the food was (dare I say it) amazing, the gifts were wrapped, and every single expectant parent was there, along with the rest of our home group. It turned out that both husbands had to be told in order to get them there but the wives got to be at least a little surprised. It apparently wasn't part of God's plan for the mommies-to-be to be surprised He had a much better plan, they went home knowing that they are loved and that they are part of our family.