Last Wednesday I was not able to blog my weekly Lenten post because I was in Seattle with my family for Spring Break. The wonderful thing about traveling together with your family is that you are stuck together. If someone is grumpy, you have to figure out what to do. How do you give them space? How do you help?
When I think about the best part about our time away, it wasn't the sights that we saw, the food that we ate, or the cousins we connected with (though that was a highlight). The best part about our time away was the 24 hours a day that we were together. There were no work or school obligations, no sports team practices, and no places to be. We were able to spend time with each other, laughing, telling stories, being ourselves, and loving each other.
One day we went whale watching. We did have to set alarm clocks that day because we had to drive about an hour north to get to the boat. The boat was going fast to try to find the gray whales. The day before they had seen two gray whales, and the boat captain was talking to other whale watching boats trying to spot some whales but they could not find them. I was disappointed. This was supposed to be memorable and we had not seen anything. But the kids loved it. They talked for days afterward about how fun the boat ride had been. I had seen the trip as a flop because the goal had not been reached - we didn't see any whales! But, the kids had focused on the process, they had focused on the journey and they had enjoyed it.
So often in my life I have focused only on the end goal, and I have not enjoyed the journey. As I let my light shine and follow my heart, my calling, and try to be or become who I am meant to be, I have to focus on the journey instead of only focusing on the end goal. My kids helped me to remember that to show love, forgiveness, kindness, and to be more like Jesus, I have to focus on the journey. So often the disciples were frustrated with Jesus because he was talking to too many people, and he wasn't doing what they wanted him to do. He was enjoying the journey. If they got to their destination, great, but Jesus was going to enjoy each step of the way.
Traveling with my 12 and 9 year old children this week helped me remember also that time is precious and that before I know it, they will be all grown up. I want to enjoy the boat ride.