Unexpected Change

This morning I woke up thinking about how we often get frustrated when things do not happen the way we had planned.  Many years ago I was in Army basic training at Fort Jackson. Our “class” (battalion) consisted of five groups (companies). Four of the five groups were ready to graduate on time, but one of the groups (Charlie company) was behind and had to catch up. The rest of us did nothing for a week as we waited.

This delay caused me to miss my other class (advanced individual training) at Fort Sam Houston, so I had to wait for nearly a month for the next class to form. I was upset and annoyed by this but there was nothing I could do to get into the class I missed.  The three of us from basic training that arrived early were given the job of checking in new people and assigning them to rooms. There were three shifts. I chose the “midnight shift” because I didn’t have to wear a uniform and I could sleep on the couch in the office.  

One night I decided to go to work early because I had nothing else to do. About 20 minutes later, this guy walks in. He complained about how one of his buttons had fallen off and he seemed tired and a little grouchy.  He was the cutest guy I had ever seen and his eyes were a beautiful shade of olive green. 

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Long story short, that guy became my husband. I would never have met him if I was not delayed and my plans were changed unexpectedly.  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we expect and we feel angry or disappointed at the time, but if we believe that God is in control of everything then He is allowing these changes to take place for a reason. I am just reminding you to wait and see why it changed—you might be very pleased that it did.  

Copyright © 2018 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Simply blessed

It started when our friends/in-laws (our son is married to their daughter) suggested we camp together at Brown County Indiana. They really love the state park there, but when we looked for a camping spot none was available. They really wanted us to see the place so they found another campground close by.

It seemed like a nice place. We got there when the sun was just starting to set.

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We stepped out of our vehicle and were surrounded by mosquitos and other insects. We backed into the wrong spot and had to move over to another one. After my husband was in the right spot, he thought he would adjust the camper so that it was more leveled but when he tried to put the car into gear, nothing happened. It was like the gear was loose and it wouldn’t go into a gear.

He contacted AAA, and after upgrading our policy, someone was out to tow the car the next morning.

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We realized that now we had a camper with no car to pull it. My husband contacted a friend and the friend contacted a friend who volunteered to drive the 2+ hours up and back (for a total of 4+ hours) to bring us back home. We found out, though, that AAA also has a policy for campers, so we upgraded our policy once more.

Our camper was towed this morning.

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We thought about the fiasco of the past couple of days. Some would call it “dumb luck,” or “bad luck,” but I think we were just simply “blessed.”

Why? The state park is huge– our camper may not have made it to a camping spot, but the other campground is smaller. The gear was stuck on “Park,” so we had no worries that it would roll down the hill. We had “plant-based” insect spray that actually worked!

Our car could have broken down on the highway as we were driving to Brown County, or it could have broken down in the middle of the campground as we were checking in. Instead, it broke down after we backed into our camping spot.

We could have broken down while it was just us—my husband, my son, and I—how would we have made it back home without a car? If we rented a car, it would have cost more for the rental since it would be “one way,” but our car broke down when our friends were with us. They were able to drop us off at our house.

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Even though our plans did not turn out the way we had expected, God knew everything that would happen and made an alternate plan for us— we were still able to spend time with our friends.

ImageImageEven though we had no idea how things would turn out, we knew that God would take care of everything, and He did.

“…I tell you not to worry about everyday life… if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you… So don’t worry… Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt 6:25, 30-31, 33).

God is so good!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti