Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ordered Steps

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps. - Prov. 16:9
Those are words we need to remember. Make your plans. Prepare your week, your month, your year. Plan out your life. But remember this: it's the Lord who orders your steps. And his ways won't necessarily be yours.
Have you ever floated down a river? I have never known a river that is perfectly straight, or without it's sandbars, fallen logs, or sudden twists and turns. Life is like that. But when you let God direct--order--your steps, the ride is much easier to enjoy.
So when 2 weeks ago a wise man told us we needed to change our plans, we had to listen. We had to pray. And finally, this past Saturday morning, we had to decide to trust the Lord to direct our steps.
We are returning to the states 9 months earlier than we planned. We will also stay a little longer than we planned. It's a personal thing. But God is in control. We have had more than one confirmation that our decision is a good one. It's sudden. But it is necessary.
We are sad, even heart-broken, over leaving our ministries so suddenly. But we are confident that the Lord has ordered our steps. It's a faith thing. It's the only way to live.
I will continue to write from our place of residence in Mississippi. I will continue to keep a pulse on things here in our place of ministry.
Why? Because our steps have been ordered. Our Lord has called us to it.


Frank (or Chip) said...

So good to know that those events that enter our lives, while surprising to us, are not shocking to God. He holds no emergency meetings. Be blessed, brother, and allow our Lord to be more than you ever knew He could be.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Hey, Frank,

I am blessed to be where I am; the important thing is to walk willingingly down those ordered steps. The second-most important thing is to not look back, as Peter looked at John, and ask, "What about him?" He's in control!

Anonymous said...

Your move is a great testimony and encouragement. It speaks to how your relationship with Our Lord is one that looks at His face from afar, but a relationship that is near to Him and His voice. It would be very tempting, especially for me as a man, to hold to the current plan that is currently set in motion. But Our God give us new mercy and new directions everyday. I remember Abraham and Isaac. We have and will be praying for your reason and move. John Pham

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

You and Jessica are a blessing to me. I can't wait for you to get here. In the meanwhile, we both have a task to complete. God bless you both!