God has created many wonderful, living things that are beautiful, mysterious and complex. For me, families are the most so. Families are all of this and more....I see mommies and babies every day and learn their stories and wonder at their journey to be where they are. Teen moms, women with severe mental illness, kids with disabilities....typical families and families with more going on....and like my own family....I find them beautiful, mysterious and complex....and sometimes other-worldly.
In about 10 days I get to go on vacation with my family. I can't get lost in social media or work or extra stuff. I will be with my people for a week. I can't wait, really. I can't wait to marvel at the beauty of the jellyfish among them....and I am bracing for the moments I get stung by the talons....because in family it just happens. I know I will be freshly inspired and awed by them, by how the Lord created us.....and I know that I will be better because we swam in the fish tank together. Family. Good and bad and always together. I would love to be invisible and snap photos of all the things that matter most but I probably cannot be that....so I will hope to just remember those moments and savor them and be thankful to God for them.
Vacation will be awesome. It will allow me to connect with my family, my people....and with myself....and like the jellyfish.....I expect it to be beautiful.