The Unpredictable Path of Life
Things didn't go as planned? There's a perfect reason!
God's plans are so much bigger than our plans. I believe that everything in life, I mean everything, happens for a reason. And I'm not only talking about the good things in life, but also and specifically the bad. Now, I'm not saying that the bad things were planned by God to break us down or hurt us. The things we go through are the result of a decision that we made. But it could also very well be...
something that was beyond our decision-making power and was simply an incident of life. I do believe however, that everything is in God's power to allow or not allow the situation. And almost always, his plans are not revealed to us during the challenge.
Change without challenge?
You see, if hard things don't happen, then how can we grow? How can we change and evolve into what we are meant to be? How could we improve our future decisions or better yet, be prepared to be a helping hand to someone else that is going through a hardship that we have already been through?
We recently just went through a very trying time. We flew into Idaho from Germany, a very long journey, so that we could hang out with family and friends and enjoy the American way of life! But, three days after we arrived, David became very ill with a severe flu virus that resulted in pneumonia. Then our daughter Simona became infected and then later on me! We were practically bed ridden for 2 weeks. But right after we arrived and began to fall ill, I was told that a close family member had breast cancer. I was beside myself and scared for what this meant for her. And in the midst of what many would normally call a disaster, we were bound to remain in Idaho, postpone our further travels, while it also kept us from going to stay at my family's place also putting her health at risk. I (before I became infected) was able to stand by her side during her surgery and stand with her in prayer.
His plans are not our plans
Being sick was absolutely NOT what we planned, expected or even wanted. Our plans obviously turned out completely different and for a good reason. It positioned us to be exactly where God wanted us to be! His plans are always PERFECT! Due to the seriousness of the situation, any sickness would have been worth suffering for.
Having a perfect life keeps us unchanging and stagnant. And if we have a perfect life, then being dependent on God also becomes unnecessary. We must remember that we are in an imperfect world that is full of what is sometimes, daily challenges. We will go through hardships and difficulties. It is just how it will be as long as we are on this earth. But when we learn to count on God when we are struggling through the hard times and look at those struggles as a learning experience, we can equip ourselves in a way that is so valuable. And as we collect those tools, we empower ourselves to not only change our own lives, we are also empowered to change so many lives around us!
This is one of my favorite bible verses of how God comes to our rescue:
"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." Psalm 40:2
As a side note: My family member pulled through the surgery like a champ and is now in complete and perfect health!
With Love and Blessings,
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We're Robin & David, husband & wife, entrepreneurs, explorers & adventurers. We each sprung out of separate parts of the world (Malaysia & Arizona), disembarked together & formed an unbreakable marriage & family out of what once was a complex blend of jumble, whilst living as foreigners in Europe.