I can remember it so clearly. The Fall Feasts had just ended and I was full of dreams and ideas and promise…and hope. I had been shown so many new and exciting things regarding my business and my family. My goals were clear and I was ready to get started. Considering all the work that had to be done to pull off the transition, I decided it would be best to shut down for Winter and launch everything fresh in the Spring, so that’s what I did. I got to work on my plans and everything was coming together nicely.
Then the plan changed…
My dear uncle had been down with this nasty cold for over a month and finally he went to emergency room to get it checked out. After a battery of tests the word came back…it was cancer, multiple myeloma to be exact. I didn’t know what was going to come of this, but I knew one thing for sure. This man had walked with me through the good and bad of my entire life and I wasn’t going to let him walk this path alone.
For a while as we walked together, I tried to keep my plans afloat, to keep the dream alive. It didn’t take long to realize however, that I was not going to be able to be a full-time caregiver, a homeschooling single mom, keep two houses managed, AND pull off all these elaborate plans, so I let the business fall to the side where it sat gathering dust for the last year. Then everything changed again. My uncle passed away, a little over 2 hours shy of turning 78.
As I sat there broken to pieces, wondering what I was going to do with myself now, I looked over and saw this poor neglected business of mine covered in dust and it hit me. My plans may not have gone the way that I had envisioned them, but there is never one single moment in which the plans of the Holy One, blessed be He, are not being carried out accordingly to His perfect will.
He knew that I would need time to devote to my uncle and had me to shut everything down in preparation of that. He knew that year would pour an abundance of skills and resolve into me that I would need to lift this Kingdom Enterprise into all that He desires it to be. He knew that when my uncle passed I would need every ounce of the peace I gained from having walked with him in his last days on earth. He knew everything and loved me enough to keep me in his perfect plans.
What to do when plans change
So, why am I writing this post? I assure you it is not just to tell you my story. It is to remind you of something that is far too easy to forget…
When you find yourself in those moments when plans change and you aren’t sure where to go from there, take a moment to look to the Author and Finisher of your Faith. Ask Him to give you confidence in HIS perfect plan and show you where to place your feet on his path. Pray for the strength to trust and yield. Then hold tight to His mighty hand and follow His lead.
The key is to remember to embrace each day and live every moment to the fullest. Learn to enjoy the journey you on, including the storms that come along the way. Each day is a gift, and if you spend all your time and energy trying to get things to go your way, you will miss out on all the joy that gift can bring.
Surrendered to Him~