Well-planned-out

map of USAIn July, Pilot, our dog Daisy, and I went on a well-planned-out RV trip from Texas to North Dakota.

Our initial quest was to follow parts of the Lewis and Clark Trail. The trip took us over 4,000 miles round-trip to ten states in ten days. Whew.

It was a wonderful trip, although it did hold several surprises. Some good. Some not so good. One surprise was rather scary, actually. But that’s a story for another blog post.

As you might imagine, with that many miles to travel we had a plan. However, the week before the trip I suggested a change. Instead of visiting one particular museum, I wanted to visit a different one.

That proved to be a wonderful decision, even if the road getting to the museum was closed due to construction. We ran into a lot of road construction delays this trip. Plus, navigating Kansas City, Missouri rush hour traffic was a bit of a challenge.

One day, Pilot made a spur of the moment decision to take the road less traveled, to quote a famous poet, and serendipitously, we ended up at the Geological Center of the Americas; Canada, United States, and Mexico. Pretty cool. We also stumbled upon the Geological Center of the United States another day.

An unplanned decision to go into Montana took us to the glorious grandeur of God’s Painted Canyon in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That was another stop we weren’t expecting.

One museum we hoped to visit was closed. Undaunted, we found a different one to go to. This museum ended up being one of Pilot’s favorite stops.

The Atka Lakota museum on the grounds of the St. Joseph Indian School was wonderful, especially the film we watched. Proving small does not mean insignificant.

Three times in North Dakota, God arranged it so we arrived at museums in time to go on the last tours of the day. Otherwise, we’d have missed them altogether due to our schedule.

There is a lot more I’ll tell you in future posts, but right now, the point of this post is the following. Although we had a well-planned-out trip, as is always the way in life, God was the One in charge.

I’d like to leave you with this devotional thought from Streams in the Desert.

In no way is it enough to set out cheerfully with God on any venture of faith. You must also be willing to take your ideas of what the journey will be like and tear them into tiny pieces, for nothing on the itinerary will happen as you expect.

Your Guide will not keep to any beaten path. He will lead you through ways you would never have dreamed your eyes would see. He knows no fear, and He expects you to fear nothing while He is with you.

Streams in the Desert

L.B. Cowman

The day had gone; alone and weak
I groped my way within a bleak and sunless land.
The path that led into the light
I could not find! In that dark night
God took my hand.
He led me that I might not stray,
And brought me by a safe, new way
I had not known.
By waters still, through pastures green
I followed Him— the path was clean
Of briar and stone.
The heavy darkness lost its strength,
My waiting eyes beheld at length
The streaking dawn.
On, safely on, through sunrise glow
I walked, my hand in His, and lo,
The night had gone.
~Annie Porter Johnson

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Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 TLB

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Step Out In Faith

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Fourteen years ago, Pilot received word he was transferring from working on Space Shuttles at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to sitting in the Mission Control Room of Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he would work with astronauts on board the International Space Station.

Life was in flux.

As we approached the anniversary of our move, I thought of someone who made a much greater move. Abraham. Husband of Sarah. Father of Ishmael and Issac.

Father of the Arabs, Jews, and Christians. From whose line Jesus Christ was born.

God called Abe to leave everything he knew. Everything he had built up. Leave his extended family and possessions.

Leave civilization and live a nomadic life in a tent, and go to a land God would show him.

Canaan.

Abe obeyed, and God blessed him. Just as he promised.

Are you in a place where you feel God’s asking you to step out in faith? Venture into the unknown? Go to a land he will show you?

Maybe it’s a career decision. Maybe a relationship decision. Maybe God’s asking you to take on a ministry that’s out of your comfort zone.

Maybe God’s asking you to trust him with your finances. Trust him with your children. Your spouse. Your health.

Perhaps doing so means listening to God’s voice and shutting our ears to the lies of Satan.

Maybe we need to step out in faith, and trust God to lead us to the land of Canaan where he is calling us. Whatever our Canaan might look like.

Or as Star Trek beckoned, boldly go where no one has gone before.

No one except God, that is. The One who has already gone before us and prepared the way.

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Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going.                            Hebrews 11:8 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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