Sometimes we wonder why things are delayed so much. Like our timetable for this ride for instance. We thought it would take us 12 or 13 months. But here we are half way through month 11 and only 2/3 of the way. Let me rephrase that…. we are not ONLY 2/3….. we are AN AMAZING 2,500 MILES ACROSS AMERICA AND 2/3 DONE!!!
We did, however, think we’d be near the coast by now. But we think back about all the things that have happened to us at just the right time. The rain that came at just the right time to help us through parts of the desert, the people that came at just the right time to help us at a time in their life when they were able to commit the time to help, not to mention the foliage we saw going over the Rockies that we would not have seen had we been ‘on schedule.’ As I think back over all the stories I have shared through these blogs, I wonder if some of these things wouldn’t have happened for our benefit if we had pushed too hard or forced ourselves to move forward at a time when we needed to be stopped.
Or what about the things we miss because we are delayed? Sure we just got hammered with two big snow storms, but what about all the snow storms that went just east or just west of us during the rest of the winter? And what about the 4 feet of snow on the ground back East that we would have been hopelessly stuck in had we been ‘on schedule?’
I am continually amazed at how God orchestrates the details. It boggles my mind to consider the spiderweb effect of everything that happens and how His timing is just perfect. We continually put one foot in front of the other and pray that our eastward movement can become more and more efficient. We are glad to be on the ride but becoming ready to go home. But we can no more deny God’s hand in the success and safety of this ride than we can deny that grass is green. Therefore, we anticipate and look forward to the end, but know in the meantime that we are EXACTLY where we are supposed to be.