The following article was written by my late daughter, Kristin Leigh Short. As most of you remember, Kristin was a passionate and beautiful soul. She fought for the freedom of those in bondage. That meant fighting on the front lines of the war on human trafficking, but also fighting for the downcast, poor, drug addicted, abused, lonely and lost. It is certainly no coincidence that God chose to take her home on Independence Day, July 4. I started to correct some sentence structure etc., but changed my mind. She wrote this like she talked, and I love that. And, though, I miss her crazy-like and beyond comprehension, I smiled when I read this article, and thought it might just help someone along the way.
Lessons on the Road (of Life)
February 7, 2010, at midnight
For as long as I can remember I have had in my mind certain goals and things that I thought would happen. When I was a teenager it was finish high school, go to college, get married. However, through many different lessons I have realized that God's ways are not always my ways; but are so much better! Were any of those things that I thought I wanted, bad? Of course not, and for a lot of people that is just how it happens. But for me, God wanted to show me that what He has for me is not what I had orginially thought nor does His timing run on my watch.
A few weeks ago my grandmother had asked me to go to Florida with and I naturally jumped at the chance to escape West Virginia's snowy winter. It gave me the opportunity to see Alli (my best friend from college). Well, last weekend we decided to take a road trip to Miami (in the convertible I rented). Well it was during that trip back that the Lord really began working in my heart. My iPhone has a nifty little application that has maps and gps that gives directions, and during our trip Alli became my navigator, at which she did a great job. But you see, me being the person who doesn't just like to have a six-month plan, but rather a six-year plan, I was not content to know where I would turn in 1 mile. No, I wanted to know where I would be turning in the next hundred miles.....I'm sure at times Alli was ready to throw my phone (and probably me) out the window more than once.... hahaha. But it was while Alli was taking a little nap and I was trying to read the next 100 miles myself, that God truly begin working in my heart.
It was as if He was saying you are so concerned with My will, and knowing it, and planning; to truly enjoy the journey. It hit me as quite a blow, because it was true, I have been so concerned with what turns I need to take in the coming years to enjoy what God is doing in my life today. So with renewed conviction I have decided to completely hand over my life in the upcoming years, and yes, today over into the hands of my All Skilled Navigator! Does, this mean, I cannot plan? No, of course not! But it does mean, that ultimately I leave the end result to God, and allow for Him to throw a wrench in my plans whenever He sees best and send me on whatever U-turns would be beneficial to Him!
I received renewed perspective for my life when after going through a hassle with homeland security and explaining that I was not a terrorist and the reason that my license and Social Security card do not match is because my birth father died and my step dad had adopted me, and I hadn't changed the one card... So after 20 minutes of interrogations, I was able to just make it on my flight. But anyway, once in the sky I was able to look out and see the ground, but then above the ground was completely covered with thick fluffy clouds. But above the clouds was utter blue perfection in the sky. And it reminded me that when I look up and see only clouds, that Jesus when He looks down at my life does not just see the clouds, but He sees the blue that is just beyond waiting to break forth. It is the same in your life, I do not know what you are going through, or what you have been through, but God does and He has a plan in your life! And whereas I can only see the here and now, He sees my life in it's entirety, regardless of how long or how brief it may be. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13
Perhaps you are like me and don't just want to know the step ahead, but you want to know 20 miles down the path. Let go of your expectations and allow God to lead you. In the Bible I have been told that when people needed to travel at nighttime they would strap a little clay pot onto their sandal, so it would shed light on the path ahead, but it would only give enough light for the step ahead. Literally, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." A little quote that I heard a long time ago comes to mind, "You can trust the One who died for you!" So whatever you are facing, no matter what questions are plaguing your mind, you can trust the One who died for you!
Nov. 9, 1985-July 4, 2011