“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” James 4:13-14a
I was on the waiting list. Tears sprang to my eyes. My grades were good, my interviews had gone well, but I had not made it into the nursing college at the university in our city. With one letter my entire plan for my life and education had changed. I had no where to go to college.
Though it would be a definite financial hardship with three children younger than me, my parents’ allowed me to apply out of state and prepared to make the sacrifices it would require. I picked a couple of schools where we had relatives nearby and sent in my applications. I was accepted at the one I wanted the most. Still, I would have preferred to stay at home where my friends and family were.
A few months later, as my friends were preparing to begin school, I was preparing to move three states away in a few weeks. The phone call came as a complete surprise. The day before classes began I was being offered a place in the same school where I had given up hope.
I hung up the phone and went running for my mother in excitement. It was the answer we had prayed for. My sisters were happy, except for the one who wanted my room. I was able to stay with my friends, to continue in the Christian group I had become a part of and eventually the guy who was a good friend would become much more.
Far more of my future was determined by that phone call than I could ever have imagined at the age of eighteen. I learned a lot about the power of prayer. In future years I was able to see many things that God had done through that situation, one of which a greater understanding of the way He works out His plan for our best.
Do you have plans that have been put on hold by circumstances you could not foresee? What path have you been pursuing that seems blocked? What change do you face today?
We can’t know what will happen tomorrow, or even in the next minute. Choose to trust that the God Who is great enough to provide for your salvation is also able to direct your path. Make your plans prayerfully, but when change comes, trust Him.
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