We are sending our eldest son Samuel to a Scripture Union holiday this summer for the first time. In fact - he should be there by now; Mr Wibbs was dropping him off as I think I would've found it a little traumatic, to say the least...
The way this opportunity became available has God's fingerprints all over it.
At the beginning of the summer holidays, or rather two days into them, I was already crying out for a break from Sam. He was going round in circles, constantly bored and at a loose end; and driving me and his little brothers nuts in the process.
One evening I went for a walk alone, as is my wont, and I cried out to God. I then sent a few texts round asking for prayers. Mum soon phoned me in response (both our sets of parents are such a godly, wise support for us...even though we are sometimes not so gracious in receiving their advice and counsel...); as we chatted it became clear that I was going to have to think of a way to send Sam away in the summer holidays, at least some of the time, ie a week or so, so that he could be with kids his own age, experience something different to home/school life ... and also so that I wouldn't go completely insane trying to keep him occupied for six whole weeks.
(and yes, that sentence was too long.)
Dad immediately started looking online for SU holidays, just to see what was 'out there'. Just out of interest. Just in case maybe, just maybe, there might to be something Sam might be able to go to THIS SUMMER... A link to this holiday arrived in my inbox less than 15 minutes after I'd finished talking to Mum on the phone, and less than 24 hours later, the booking forms were in the post with a cheque...!! The holiday seemed a perfect fit for Sam: a week-long adventure bible 'camp' for 8-11 year olds, AWAY from home, a really decent price (£158 all-inclusive) and only about 45 minutes drive from where we live! And the best thing about it?? ...there was ONE SPACE LEFT FOR A 8/9 YEAR-OLD BOY.
Too perfect to be a coincidence, really.
Which is how I know it was God-ordained; He planned it all.
Because Sam needs this, and it is going to benefit him in every conceivable way, and especially in his walk with the Lord.
I know he will be in good hands and looked after by people who will love him, accept him, and pray for him.
So I can relax and have some 'respite' from this challenging little boy of mine, safe in the knowledge that he will be FINE.
Because I need and deserve a break.
Because I'm worth it.