Happy New Year!
On the eve of 2018, I shared the following on my Facebook page
Little did I know, right?
The truth is, a year ago, on the brink of a brand new year, I had the crazy idea that I had the next steps of my journey figured out. And in the course of the first half of 2018, everything I thought would happen, didn’t. And I am beyond grateful that my plans didn’t come to pass.
The day I proposed to Joy (the MOST AMAZING event of 2018), I shared a memory book with her that had the recurring line, “Sometimes God Changes Your Plans.” Had I not allowed God to change my plans, I wouldn’t have met, dated, or even considered the idea of marrying someone again. A mysterious phone call, while out on an early date with Joy, would change the plans I had for where I’d be working. Taking one (literal) step at a time on the treadmill would change my plans of just accepting that the weight I had put on was never going to go away. Over and over again, I found my assumptions challenged and all that I thought I knew, and the plans I had made turned upside down.
The truth is, you and I don’t know what’s around the next bend in our journey. Still, we flip the calendar and make plans based upon our assumptions — we’re too old, too young, too broke, too lonely, too fat, too uneducated, etc. We’ve been overlooked, forgotten, and speak words that deflate our ability to dream and live a life that believes its only hope and goal is to await whatever is beyond the present. And the truth…I love that word….the TRUTH is that God has so much more for us.
Living a life that is abundant means that although I don’t know all the plans God has for me, I have an AMAZING privilege to personally know the ONE who knows the plans He has for me!
On a drive to meet Joy for the first time, I prayed, “God, I don’t know what is going to come of this, but I know that I can trust you that it is going to be good.” Joy and I will be married in 2019!
On another drive to interview for a job – that I wasn’t 100% sure I could take – I asked God to clearly show me whether or not this new position was where He wanted me to be. “I’ll go where you need me to go.” I head back to the college in another week to continue my responsibilities, leading and instructing in the teacher education department.
I don’t share any of that to brag on myself. I do so to brag on how incredible it is to know, be loved, and lead by the Lord. To take His hand, say “Yes!” when He is guiding, and KNOW that no matter how we feel, or what we think, in the moment, His ways are truly better and higher than our own!
When God changes our plans, we find that our resolutions, assumptions, lists, and agendas, pale in comparison to the realities of a life beyond AMAZING!