Disclaimer: I originally wrote this sometime in late September, but apparently forgot about until now. Enjoy!
Last year, when we went to Ohio, it was a rather mashed together, spontaneous, more-stressful-than-necessary trip.
So, once we got home, my dad started immediately planning the next year’s (this year’s) trip. We called up friends and got dates settled for us to see them, researched white-water rafting places, etc..
When we started our trip in late August, however, things immediately began to fall apart.
First, because of the beautifully chilly weather and because it started raining, our rafting trip was cancled. Next, some friends who were going to host us got sick. Then, Hurricane Irma made returning home on the planned day rather impossible.
However, through all of it, God’s hand shone through:
Instead of going rafting, we went to an American Ninja Warrior gym in Atlanta and saw ANW legend Ryan Stratis!
When we realized we had no place to stay for the night when our friend had to cancel, we got the opportunity to spend the night at another good friend’s house. That 24 hours was one of the funnest I’ve experienced in a long time, and it wasn’t even planned.
Staying up in OH for an extra 4 days meant we could go to church (twice in one morning!) with our family, hear powerful sermons and great gospel worship, and reconnect with old friends. It was a huge blessing that we would have otherwise missed out on had we left as planned on Saturday.
My sister and I rather fond of our cousins (understatement of the year), but we were supposed to leave early Saturday, the one day our cousins didn’t have school. We were very happy to not have to leave then! We made a lot of fun memories in the extra days we had with them. 🙂
Thank God that He always knows which plans should prosper and which shouldn’t!