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Tuesday (plus one) Thoughts 6-20-18

Diana and I got back home yesterday after a 3-day celebration of our seventh anniversary.  We started talking about this last year shortly after our 6th (a great time to start planning is right after an event and while the highs and lows are still fresh).  We wanted to be more intentional this time, so we kicked around places and costs and finally chose a destination, crafted a savings plan, and started to look at area things to do.  I’m not very good at this kind of detail, but Diana is, so we had a great list of places to see and events to participate in.  Our first day was awesome and included a bike ride, a lighthouse tour and a beautiful walk out on a pier in the cool of the evening.  But the next day started with rain, and a forecast of storms all day, and on top of that, most planned attractions were closed on Mondays (my advice: don’t be a tourist on Monday!).  So we made a choice to drive an hour (out of the rain) to another town without a list of options.  But guess what?  We found a bunch of things to do!  They included a visit to an old steam locomotive, downtown shopping, good food, another pier-walk and some time on the beach (and more).  Throughout the day (and at the end of it) we kept remarking how good it was to have made the decision to abandon our plans!  You see it coming, don’t you?  There are two essential elements worth noting in this vacation tale.  First, we did our job.  We prayed, planned, researched, and were ready.  As the Old Testament book of wisdom called Proverbs puts it, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 (NLT).  Our awesome Creator crafted us with mental, physical & spiritual gifts with the idea that we would actually put them into practice!  Whether it’s a vacation, a job, or a relationship, God intends for us to be people of action – planning and preparing.  But there are plenty of times when our plans will not work out.  I think it’s accurate to say that we should expect a change in any plans we make.  Sometimes it is the direct will of God (whose thoughts and ways are way better than ours). But it could also be the effect of living in a broken world, or the aim of the enemy.  Thankfully, our planning isn’t the most important part.  Dependence on the goodness of Jesus is!  The wisdom book addresses this truth as well, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT). Changes will come!  We may feel frustrated, saddened, or disappointed by them, or we can choose to trust in the One who knows all things and all our needs.  Please understand, this is an ongoing exercise.  Through the Word and prayer, commit (and recommit) to the wise plans of God and His Holy Spirit will work the needed change to your perspective until you can fully embrace His path.

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