By LuAnn Edwards
Isn’t it amazing how God can use us even when things don’t go the way we planned? If we are willing to follow Him, He can use us in any situation. He sometimes surprises us with what He can accomplish through us.
In June, my husband and I along with my sister and her husband took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We loved spending time together and realized how much we are alike. Since we live 1500 miles apart and do not get to see each other often, our time together was very enjoyable.
I originally planned this trip to be a time for my husband and me to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. When I told my sister that Ken and I were taking a trip to Michigan, she asked if she and her husband could join us. I told her yes, but in my selfishness, I also told her, “It will be great to get away just the four of us.” That was my way of saying, “Please, no grandkids on this trip.” My sister’s grandkids are precious and spend a lot of time with her. However, I wanted this to be a “grown-up” trip only; after all, this was our anniversary celebration, right? I had it all planned!
The Lord had something else in mind. In the end we had my sister’s oldest grandson, along with other family members totaling 15 people! It turned out to be a wonderful blessing!
God’s Word says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). God did work; He worked in the heart of a nine-year-old boy, my sister’s grandson, Tey.
Tey was a pleasure to have along. He hiked with us, didn’t complain about the food or mosquitoes, and seemed to like hanging out with his Great Aunt and Uncle. We were all so proud of him when he was sworn in as a Junior Park Ranger and received his badge.
Tey was so open to our praying before each meal. He wasn’t accustomed to doing this at home. He thought it was so special that when he received his meal before the rest of us, he said he couldn’t eat until we all prayed. He even volunteered to pray a couple of times.
Something simple, this prayer of thanksgiving before a meal, spoke to his tender heart. Upon returning home, he taught his brother and sister to pray before their meals too. My husband sent Tey a recording of Bible stories that he is listening to and sharing with family members as well.
I am thankful Tey was able to join us on our trip even though it meant a change in my selfish plans. Only God knows what He has prepared for this young man. I am expecting great things and feel so blessed to have shared in just a small part of it.
God uses our testimony to influence those around us. Our consistent life with Christ will shape our eternal legacy. This legacy is an investment into the lives of the next generation for the cause of Christ.