Have you ever had your plans, your marvelously detailed plans, squashed?
I married a spontaneous man. He loves to think of new ideas, dares to dream big, and jumps off without a second thought.
I’m a planner. I think about whatever I want to accomplish, I draw it out on paper, I look into cost and logistics before determining a course of action.
We’ve had an interesting life. The first time his way confronted my way was in our third year of marriage. The plan was to finish up grad school and move on to seminary. He thought a quick trip to England would be good…I thought he was crazy! We were poor college kids. Well, I had been teaching school, but considering Oklahoma was ranked 49th in teacher pay, and we all know teachers don’t make enough to begin with, that didn’t amount to much.
I thought we needed to talk this over with our parents, thinking they would set him straight, help him to see his idea was nuts. They agreed with him.
In three months we were off — flying through the skies to a distant land in search of adventure.
I thought we were crazy, excited, but crazy! That trip to another country changed my world completely.
My thoughts changed…in every realm I became a different person…philosophically, theologically, financially, educationally, ecclesiastically…all changed.
Our life might be changing yet again. My perfectly planned course might be taking another turn. We’ll know soon enough…it could be the
adventure change of a lifetime…
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin. ~James 4: 13-17
I’ve been one who boasts…I’ve been arrogant…He is showing me, AGAIN, Who is in control.
Please pray for us as we come to grips with His will for our lives and His plans for our future.