The following post was originally published in October 2010, but it is still true today (except now we've been married nearly 14 years!). We still do not have a 5 year plan, and in fact have found that life is better without one. Just desperately seeking God's plans!
Some time very early in our marriage (or perhaps even before we got married, I can't remember now, it's been over 11 years) we had a long-term plan.
Very long-term, stretching a good part of 25 years or so.
It was detailed, too, with things like exactly when we'd buy our first house, have our first child, have our second child. . .
There was no third child in that plan!
And certainly no fourth child!
There was probably a trip to Paris and Hawaii in there, but definitely not to Ethiopia.
And adopting a child from Ethiopia? Would have been unfathomable to us eleven years ago!
My husband had in the plan one of the two of our hypothetical children getting a full scholarship to college (wishful thinking!), which helped the finances look a little prettier.
Then as life happened, which it always does, I think the plan evolved into more of a 5 year plan.
And as we more and more let go of our plans and began to earnestly seek God's plans for our lives, even the 5 year plan melted away!
I don't think there is even a 1 year plan!
We pretty much have no idea!
When we went to get our travel shots a few weeks ago the doctor talked about a certain vaccine we wouldn't need just for the 2 one week long trips that were on the agenda, but we'd need if we planned to spend any large amounts of time in Ethiopia in the next 10 years. I looked to my husband questioningly and he nodded that absolutely we should get the extra shot, so that when it's time for us to go be missionaries in Africa we'll be all ready to go!
So now instead of intricately planning our our lives, we are praying to "live a life worthy of the calling we have received." Eph. 4:1
But, the amazing thing to me is that as God has changed our plans, He also changed our desires. Things we wanted for our life eleven years ago not only don't matter anymore, but are actually things we don't want now!
God changes hearts and replaces earthly desires with heavenly ones. That helps to explain lines like this one from the Steve Camp song, "Run to the Battle": "Some people want to live within the sounds of chapel bells, but I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of Hell."
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