I just spent 15 days on vacation in the Pacific Northwest. We put 3,000 miles on the motorhome and saw things that we never expected to see.
While I was getting ready for my trip, people asked me where I was going. My answer was always that we hoped to see the Columbia River (the border between Oregon and Washington). What routes we would take, what stops we would make, where we would spend the nights was all to be serendipitous.
Along the way, we saw humpback whales in the bay at Avila Beach (just north of Pismo Beach on the 101), bungee jumpers on the Crooked River Bridge (just south of Bend, Oregon), wind surfers on the Columbia River in Cascade Locks, a herd of elk in the California Redwoods. We also saw the harvesting of eels to be airlifted to Korea in Newport, Oregon and a bed & breakfast inn consisting of old railroad cabooses in Clear Lake, CA, .
We didn’t intend or expect to be in any of those places.
Those who know me know that I am a planner. To a fault. I like to be in control of myself and situations around me. I actually have a plaque on my desk that says “Trust me, Barbie, I have everything under control. —Jesus”
So when I have the opportunity to get away from my normal routine, I get as far away from it as I can.
It actually makes me feel closer to God when I let Him direct my path instead of insisting that I know what is best for me.
I know what you’re thinking…
A two week vacation in not analogous to life. But I beg to differ with you. I think we need to get in that kind of mind-set on a more regular basis, even if we’re still entrenched in our normal daily routines.
What if every night when you went to bed and every morning when you got up, you asked God to help direct your path?
My Mom always said that “God helps those that help themselves.” So obviously, you have to have a plan. You have to keep your life in order. But I really believe that God will help you see outside the box if you’re open to it.
Think about living your Christian Faith. Did you complete a Covenant a few weeks ago? Did you commit to becoming involved in some way? Keep yourself open to direction. You may have to try several ministries before you find the one that is the best fit for you. Don’t get discouraged. The right path is there; you’ll find it.