We traded business attire for sweatpants and hoodies, and headed for the mountains of West Virginia. By 7 pm on Friday night we had all gotten there, one car at a time, from 4 different areas. The log cabin was all lit up, filled with laughter and noises. We ate, sang “happy birthday” to four of us, listened to the latest happenings in each other’s lives, made a big fire outside and huddled around it. We let the comfort of being together take us over, and little by little all stress and worries faded… it felt good to be loved and to love.
Some of us got up early the next day to witness the majestic sunrise over the mountains. Speechless, we sipped our coffee and breathed in air so fresh it seemed alive. The cows made their appearance, and the day got on its way. We hiked all the way to the very top of Seneca Rock where the guys celebrated with beer and cigars—just the six of us on top of the world… The exhilarating view made life taste exquisite. I hugged each one of my children, thanking God for the moment.
Our little family getaway was filled with extraordinary simple minutes. We cooked together, took walks alone and in teams, watched the cows and the sheep, played the guitar as the sun was setting, remembered good and hard times—and thanked the Lord for how rich our lives have become.
I drank deeply of God’s wonderful faithfulness.
Sunday morning arrived, and each of the young adults packed up their bags and scurried away to their busy lives. The noisy, messy log cabin got empty and quiet. Just Rich and I remained. We smiled at each other; this is as it should be—we were there first, we are here last.
My husband and I sat on the deck, all alone, stealing a few more minutes of delightful quietness. The mountains surrounded us, strong and powerful. We drank a last cup of coffee and reflected on our children. My heart was tempted to worry about this and that one, but my husband very gently pointed me to the declaration of God’s complete control in the wall of mountains all around us. I squeezed his hand, and chose to breathe in the joy of believing Him. He would indeed cause our children to shine in this hard world.
Rich brought my hand to his lips and smiled. We are a team.