Note the date: 7+7=14 : )
Last Thursday, the day before the Fourth of July, Hurricane Arthur came barreling through the eastern coast of NC: in Wrightsville Beach, we had tremendous rain storms, thunder & lightning, strong winds, more heavy rain — I can now admit that it was all rather exciting because, in the end, we experienced no damage from Arthur — just had some minor garage “flood” water that didn’t amount to anything.
We were expecting a house-full of company (eight of us, in all), but for the three who had planned to fly into Wilmington on Thursday, their flights were cancelled or indefinitely delayed. It was a bit tricky, but everyone eventually arrived, one way or another (driving & re-routing flights) and we ended up with a fun weekend of sunny weather, boating, crabbing, food & drink & fellowship.
It seems so very clear to me that we can make our plans, make all sorts of arrangements, but in the end, we must remember that control is not always within our grasp. Holding on loosely is the best way to approach what we are doing — to plan the best we can, but allow for those plans to be thwarted and upended, because if that DOES happen, life doesn’t seem to crash down quite so hard on your head!
Proverbs 16:1: We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer.
Proverbs 16:9: We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:33 We may throw the dice,
but the Lord determines how they fall.
and Proverbs 16:32: Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.