Two years ago, when we saw our son Rob and his family in England we had plans to see them the following year in the US. We booked flights for the following Easter in 2020. Do you remember how the world worked....flights booked, diary filled. Done. 'Now I have a word for you, who brashly announce, "Today-at the latest, tomorrow-we're off to such and such a city..." You don' t know the first thing about tomorrow.(Jas. 4:13 The Message). How much we have been reminded by Covid 19 that we don't know the first thing about tomorrow.
Anyway, this past week Rob flew over to us for six action-packed days. Hurray! He took 6 Covid tests in order to obey government regulations! Once here, with great caution, he met up with family and friends for some delightful times. I know many separated from family overseas will understand our joy. Sadly, he was alone and the whole process was messily complicated by these tests and then Hurricane Henri as he journeyed home today. Sadly too, his basement is flooded owing to said hurricane so it will be a sober homecoming.
Our paid fares become void next March so who knows when we shall be able to travel safely to see our US family. So no brash announcements. As James writes: 'Instead, make it a habit to say, "If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that (verse 15). Yes, if the Master wills it. A good reminder wouldn't you say?