I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. (God’s Word Translation)
Excitement penetrated the air of my classroom. My Honors American History class of fourteen had won the Hawaii We the People contest on historical and current issues in reference to the Constitution. We won an all expense free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete with the other forty-nine states for the national winner title. We represented Lahainaluna, Maui and Hawaii. I urged my students to proudly exhibit good citizenship in all school areas. As I, the only adult chaperone, warned that this trip would be forfeited by any who did not comply.
Sadly one student called to the office on a behavioral issue, got into further trouble there. I informed him that he would not be accompanying us that resulted in parental threats. The Principal agreed with me saying “If I can’t trust him here, I can’t trust him in the air!” He did not go!
We flew to Oahu and it was there that our airlines used our flight as an incentive to demand action on a grievance. We were grounded for a time and lost all mainland flights once we arrived in Los Angeles. Taken to a hotel for forty-five minutes in the middle of the night and returning to work with agents, we were booked with another airline, arriving very late at night in D.C. It ended up being a wonderful opportunity both for competition and to see the Capitol with many points of interest included.
Hassles, aggravation, situations beyond our control, time constraints, deadlines–all unnerving life experiences. I respond with fear, anxiety and trepidation in circumstances that go awry, even with careful planning. However, God is really in control of ALL circumstances in my life as it concerns me and interactions with others. As His responsibility, I can rest assured that His plans for any given day is ‘for peace and not for disaster’ and therefore I can proceed with a future hope!
God, I realize I need to keep trusting that You have designed my life ahead of time when I was knit in my mother’s womb and promised “As my days, so shall my strength be.” (KJV) Would you please whisper that in my ear every day?