Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (TM)
While in high school I went on a mission trip to Mexico with about 40 other high school kids packed into a few old vans of questionable road worthiness. We drove from Des Moines, Iowa to Acapulco, Mexico and then drove back. The plan called for us to stop at several places in Mexico to give choir concerts and hold VBS programs for chidren. The trip was scheduled during the hottest weeks of the summer.
What began as a fairly routine mission trip with a simple itinerary became a swirl of chaos. Vans broke down and tires went flat. Many in the group, myself included, were struck down with Montezuma’s Revenge. Concerts were cancelled and housing arrangements fell through. We were lost – several times. Nothing went according to plan.
I had a blast. It was one of the most memorable events of my teen years.
It helped that I wasn’t in charge. Fixing the vans, finding housing arrangements, and rescheduling choir concerts were not my responsibility. My job was to be where I was supposed to be, when I was supposed to be there, and do what was asked of me to the best of my ability. Grumbling and complaining about being broken down in the middle of the Mexican desert was not going to change my situation. So, I rolled with the punches, enjoyed the ride, seized each moment, and waited for direction.
Things don’t always go according to the plan. In fact, no matter which plan you follow there will certainly be a few obstacles along the way. The question is not if things are going to go wrong, but when they are going to go wrong. Brooding, complaining and wishing for things to be different will not change the circumstances in which I find myself. All I can do is roll with the punches, enjoy the ride, seize each moment, and wait for direction.
The way I figure it, life is one long mission a trip. God is in charge.