Cathy decided to use the money to go Pokagon State Park to relax and recharge. And she invited me to go along! (I made it my goal not to agitate, discourage, or drain her of energy.) Cathy made reservations for the nights of Sunday and Monday, May 8-9. I was so excited I got my bag ready the day before.
The picture was taken May 9, the day after we planned on being there. The nightstand is at home, not in the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park. Just as we were getting ready to load the car to leave, Cathy got a phone call saying a water line had broken and the park and inn weren’t going to be open for at least a couple days.
As much as I was looking forward to going, Cathy was even more. It seemed what was intended to be an encouragement actually turned out to be a disappointment. I didn’t have the energy to unpack my bag that day.
On Monday Cathy changed her weekly plans to get everything done by Wednesday afternoon. Maybe the park would be open, and we could spend Wednesday and Thursday night there instead. Fortunately, things fell into place! Cathy was able to use the grant as she hoped before Sunday, May 15.
It ended up being a great couple of days! The weather was perfect, the hiking trails were beautiful, and we always enjoy staying in the inn.
It is so easy to take all the good gifts God gives us for granted. The relationships and parts of life that most consistently go well are the ones I take most for granted. I wish it wasn’t true, but I complain way too much. Sometimes it seems it takes losing something to makes us appreciate it more.
I appreciated our trip to Pokagon more because it seemed like we might have lost it. Lord, help me be more grateful. Help me not take the many good things You have granted me for granted.