If Your Plans are Derailed—Take Another Train
It’s spring time in the Rockies, which can be beautiful. But many times it can derail important plans. Yesterday, May 18, a huge winter storm blasted into Colorado. This part of the country really needed the moisture, but the drought relief came in the form of days of heavy, wet snow.
The timing of this storm interrupted plans for many Colorado events, such as graduations, the state track meet, field days, and a nationwide conference to be held in Estes Park.
Take Another Train
It’s easy to say “take another train” when your plans are derailed. But think about it: what new scenery might you see if you do that? When visiting Germany a number of years ago, our roadway that we needed to take to our bed and breakfast was totally blocked by a rockslide in the mountains leading to our destination. We had to find a new way through a tiny village, where we met friendly townspeople and strolling milk cows on the road with cowbells around their necks. This delightful detour added to our appreciation of Germany and wouldn’t have happened without the “derailment” of our plans.
Life’s Derailments and Storms
Some storms are bigger than others. They last longer, cause breakage of tender tree limbs, and can bring devastation. Those storms in our lives can bring us to our knees, feeling like we’ll never recover. But God has even better plans for us and our future, once that storm has subsided. In Jeremiah 29:11 He promises: “For I know the plans I have for you,”declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
So my tomato plants, cucumber, and zucchini that I planted on Mother’s Day may survive….and possibly could be stronger after all this moisture! Is that true of you after a major derailment or storm in your life? Are you stronger?
Five Important Lessons I’ve Learned from the Storms in My Life
(Excerpt from Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope, by Kathy Tripcony, soon to be released)
1. These are not forever storms.
In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul wrote: “Therefore we do not lose heart….For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2. Circumstances may change, people may let you down, but God is always the same.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” according to Hebrews 13:8
3. There are treasures in the rubble.
Through my personal challenges, new treasures have emerged: a more compassionate heart for others who have their own challenges; a capacity to now listen fully when someone tells their story; and a trust in my Lord who is in control and I am not!
4. I can choose to be bitter or better.
“Grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 18 & 19)
5. The energy which consumed my grieving for what was lost can be turned to a positive action, fulfilling His purpose for my life.
According to Ann Voskamp: “Our storms can be canvases for God’s lightning glory.”
Hop on that next train out of the storm, and see what God has in mind for you!
Wishing you sunny skies,