Friday, January 14, 2011

Plan B

We set out with Plan A.

Our hopes and our dreams. And then something happens. Ok, a lot of things happen. The dream we had looks nothing like it did on the billboard.

And that's just what happened to us.

So, there we were setting out with Plan A. We were all set. Life was going in the direction we wanted it to. Justin was going to be a teacher in Fort Worth and I was going to stay at home with our son. We would have enough income to "enjoy" life a little bit and we would maybe be able to afford to buy a place of our own and life would be comfortable....

And that's where it ended.

It wasn't God's plan for us to be comfortable. Justin searched and searched for a teaching job. They had to be out there right? Nothing.

Time to start Plan B. But what could we possibly do? It was all planned out. Everything was going to be perfect. Our perfect. Not God's perfect.

So Justin started to look outside the United States for teaching positions. I started to come to the realization that this might be what God's plan for our life is right now. I started to panic and wonder could I possibly move far away from my family and be a first time mommy in a country where I can't even speak the language?

Then God opened the door. Justin quickly found a job in Japan teaching.

"Really God? NOW? We have so many things we need to finish here. I thought it would be a few more years until I had to think about moving to another country. What if I can't do this?"

I laugh at myself now when I was so worried about what was to come living overseas.I look at all God has blessed us with, even though it is the least we've ever had. I love it here.

I love Japan.
I love the exciting journey of starting a ministry in a new country.
I love experiencing a new culture.
I love the dependency on God that the uncertainties of living overseas have granted me.

It isn't perfect. It certainly isn't easy. But I am so glad God's Plan A went into action even though it was our Plan B. "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."


  1. I have so many times in my life when I have tried and tried to do my own thing. In the end, it doesn't happen and when I look back I am so Glad it didn't. I would be missing out on the amazing things God had for my life. Wonderful reminder!


  2. I love this post! I am going through a time right now in my life where I am disappointed that the plans I have are not going as planned. Now I am excited to see what is actually planned for me! I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!!!


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