“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
With gray Minnesota winter days dragging on into March, my family and I eagerly boarded a flight to Punta Cana earlier this month for a much anticipated spring break trip. Looking forward to the warm Caribbean breeze and salt stained skin from ocean waves, we took to the skies excited for our vacation. The nearly 6 hour flight flew by (no pun intended!) as I took advantage of the time to write a few long overdue blog posts. Rapidly clicking away at the keys, the hours felt like minutes. As our plane began to descend over the tropical landscape, I was thrilled knowing I would be set to re-launch my blog posts providing exciting updates on my own way forward upon our return.
What I did not anticipate however, was that while we soaked up the sun and played in the white beach sand, the entire world was changing…and fast. While we had not been oblivious to the Coronavirus and its increased attention prior to our departure (we of course checked travel advisories and flight status’ before leaving), never did we anticipate how quickly things would escalate. As we tried to make the best of our trip, there was an unease in the beautiful warm breeze.
Coveted pool lawn chairs grew empty, the beach crowd dwindled, resort restaurants began to close, staff were sent home, everything started to change. Staying up to date with the news and keeping in contact with family back home, the growing concern over the virus’ rapid spread left us anxious to get back to the Minnesota winter we had so eagerly left.
Thankful to board our flight home, with passengers thanking the crew for coming to get us, as we took off into the sky, I realized how the blog posts I had written just the week prior excitedly sharing my most recent updates were all as uncertain as the world itself.
Let’s be honest, this is an unprecedented time and no one knows how it will end. A treatment could be developed and we could turn a corner before I even publish this post, or this could drag on and the doomsday predictions on death toll and economic implications could be our reality. Only God knows how this will shake out.
So what do we do? Where do we go from here? I know for me personally, this has been a great reminder that God is sovereign in all things and we need to hold our plans loosely. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” In the days to come, as always, I will choose to trust, I will choose faith, and I will continue to seek God’s wisdom and ask Him to direct my path – whatever it looks like.
As for the blog posts I was so excited to write, I will still plan to share them. I am still hoping to move in the direction I wrote about – even if it looks different than I imagined just a week ago. And maybe, just maybe they will help encourage someone along the way.
For now, I am thankful that God is sovereign, He is in control, He is still directing my path and yours, and during this most uncertain time, we can choose to place our faith in a most certain God.
Lynne, great post. Prov 3:4,5 is something I pray as a prayer to God. ” Help me to trust in you with ALL of my heart and not lean on my own understanding….. I have found God faithful to answer when I pray HIS Word back to Him. I do the same with the 23rd Psalm. You are my Shepherd I shall not want. You make me lie down….. I am experiencing it’s power even as I write.