As you read this blog, I’m on a cruise to the Bahamas. For a week.
I saw that eye-roll.
I promise I’m not bragging. I don’t have any guarantee that I’ll be on that cruise. Yes, I paid for my ticket. But that doesn’t mean all will transpire as planned. What if I have a heart attack tonight? What if I have an accident on the way to the port? I’m not a pessimist, truly. But I can’t assume there will be always be fair winds and following seas. I should say, “If The Lord wills, I’ll get to cruise,” but too often, I’m presumptuous.
Think I’m exaggerating? In 1994, I traveled four hours to a cruise port with every intention of enjoying a tropical vacation. I boarded the ship and enjoyed breakfast. Then I was shocked to hear from the loudspeaker, “The Captain regrets to inform you we’ll not be leaving port this week due to unsafe weather conditions.” Oh, the complaints and curses that singed my ears that day! A steward approached the dining room and said, “We’re sorry, but there are twelve-foot seas. If the Captain doesn’t want to sail, trust me, you don’t want to sail.”
Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” So as you’re reading this, I hope I’ll be cruising. But if the Lord overrules my plans and I don’t make that cruise, I’ll trust the Master of the wind.
James 4:13-15 says: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Have you ever made plans that were overruled?
– Jericha Kingston
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