And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV
I never wanted to fly.
Scripture says, Lo, I am with you always. So, low is where I always wanted to be. Then our daughter decided to get married at Glacier National Park. This wasn’t the church wedding with 300 family and friends I had always dreamed for her and for me.
I couldn’t take off work to drive across the country, attend the wedding, and drive back. Flying was the only alternative. I tried to talk her out of a long-distance wedding, but to no avail. She’d put a monkey wrench in my plans and dreams, or so I thought.
My daughter helped us obtain airline tickets and even came home to fly with us. When the plane took off, I couldn’t look. I am afraid of heights. I can’t look over the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway without getting dizzy. But once we were off the ground, my husband pointed out the window. “Look, Gail, how beautiful.” So I did. It was like watching a slow-motion movie. And it was fun.
A few years later our church sponsored its first mission trip. My husband and I jumped at the chance. It was the experience of a lifetime: building a church, witnessing in the community, feeding the people, and conducting VBS for the children. We went back again the next year and we will probably do mission trips in the future. It is doubtful we would have gone had we never been forced out of our comfortably grounded nest. Who actually changed my plans? Our daughter or our God?
God knows best. His plans are secure and He works from before our birth to insure everything works perfectly to His purpose. It’s comforting to know He is always in control even when I get dizzy.
Close your eyes and take the flight. You will be amazed how God will use your insecurities for His glory.
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Gail Cartee is a writer and teacher of hands-on family devotions. Gail has written Sunday school lessons for children since 1984. She has taught in both private and public schools. Gail often gets inspiration for her devotions while working in her organic garden. Visit Gail at http://thisismyfathersworlddotorg.wordpress.com/ or email her at email@example.com.