This morning I thought I'd be on my way to Deep Creek Lake, MD to preach tomorrow. At least that was the plan. I was very excited about having Ray with me so I could show him around Garrett County where I spent the Jan. term. That was my plan.
However, I got sick and I am just beginning to feel better. So, a classmate will be spending the time at Deep Creek Lake. Our plans and God's are not always the same. Proverbs says this so well, "The human mind may devise many plans,but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established" (Prov 19:21).
I think I'm beginning to get the idea. Thursday I had my final interview for next year's internship. Prior to the beginning of the whole interview process, I was quite nervous. I knew where I wanted to go and hoped I would go there. I had eight interviews. Of the eight, I would be happy to go to six of the eight sites and can see how God could both use me and work on me in those circumstances.
The great thing about this process is once the pastors have their paperwork in and I have mine in, where I go is not up to the pastors or myself. Ultimately, it is the guidance of God the Holy Spirit and the needs of the larger community of students that are taken into consideration. I can't influence the outcome and neither can the pastors. It will all be in the hands of God and the good people in the Field Education office. And now I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I've done my part. The pastors have done their part. Nothing else is required of me, but to pray.
I had all my plans as to how this should play out. I truly have peace and will be happy to serve wherever I am assigned because, "...it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established." All I know for sure is that I will be in WV, VA, or PA for internship...and that's enough.