I'm a planner and always have been. Well, at least until this past weekend. Thursday evening at our basketball training I went up for a shot, but came down with back spasms. I watched the rest of the training session from the sideline and I feel like I've been on the sideline ever since.
Many of the plans I had for the weekend and the next few days have been altered by my minor injury. Instead of meeting Craig Hutson, Eric Miller, and Scott Karnes for Bible study and prayer on Friday morning, I was resting at home and setting up a physio appointment for the afternoon. Instead of helping out at the basketball academy in Ballymun on Saturday morning, I was sitting on the sofa with a hot water bottle on my back. Sunday afternoon was absolutely gorgeous in Dublin, but I wasn't outside enjoying it. Today's not so beautiful, but I'm still not doing what I hoped I'd be doing.
On Saturday evening, Juli commented to me, "I like the fact that you're not able to complete all of your tasks right now. I like having you around instead of your plans." Her words are a good reminder that who we are is far more important than what we do. The Scottish poet Robert Burns famously wrote, "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley." Or, if you prefer English to the Scots dialect, "The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry." Proverbs 16:9 states, " In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."
As we plan our course in Dublin, it's good to know that God is here with us to keep our steps in line with his will. We would rather follow God where he's leading us than try to embark on some man-made adventure without his blessing. If it takes a few back spasms to remember this, than so be it. - Shay