angels betting

"10 bucks she starts crying."

These are the words I am fairly sure were spoken by some angels today. As they watched my little life and all my little dreams and little expectations dwindle away to the layout of someone else's life---the layout of someone else's dreams and expectations.

Well, I didn't start crying... I'd done enough of that this past week.

I knew better now.

I had lived the proof that my dream of having a dorm at Liberty this past fall was not meant to be because other things had to happen. I learned first hand that my family's dream of me staying at Liberty all four years was not God's plan.

And because of what happened then, I have faith for right now. Faith that my schedule of what I must do by twenty-two doesn't necessarily fit into God's glorious layout for my life.

I knew this girl once that told God exactly what needed to be done in her life: graduate by twenty-one with honors, get married, become a teacher, have 2.5 kids by thirty, live happily-ever-after.

You know where she's at now? Miserable.

God and Our Plans don't always dance well together. We thrust them together, play the music and tell them to jive but, just like at our middle school dance, it simply doesn't work. They don't clique. It's not natural. It's not how it's supposed to be.

I'm not saying if you have a dream you must sacrafice it on the alter right now and forget about your dream forever and ever, amen.

No. If you love photography and want to serve God, I believe he can use that. But don't get so focused on getting that exact internship by that exact age and getting that level of success by that age and retire by that age. God likes to work out the details.

We need to pursue. We need to work hard. We need to strive for excellence.

But just like a artist, we can sketch out the first few layers of our plans but then God puts in the color; he gives the work of art bursts of colors and light and purpose and meaning.

Go down that path you really enjoy and love. But always be willing to make a turn when that plan and God's just doesn't jive.