We’ve exposed the inside of the camper and ripped out the flooring and the rotted cross beams that made up the frame for the flooring. Our plans are moving forward.
I went and spent a bunch of money on cross beam members and new plywood and began the task of rebuilding the foundation of my camper. I was so excited! I just knew this was going to be great. I could see the neighbors all watching as I worked through this process. Even they were excited for me – all but ONE! Now it’s time to start putting it back together.
That ONE called the city, and the next thing I knew, there was a love letter from Code Enforcement advising I had 20 days to get the camper out of my driveway. I didn’t have the option of putting it in my backyard; it wasn’t big enough. Twenty days – that’s it? How am I supposed to rebuild this entire camper back in twenty days? Boy, was I mad and disappointed someone would crush my dream. I knew if I didn’t comply, the fines would start rolling in, and I knew I couldn’t afford to do both.
With great disappointment and sadness, I installed the foundation and flooring. I reinstalled the metal side panels and put an ad in the local paper – FOR SALE – HUNTING CAMPER – NEW FLOOR, CLEAN $275.00 OBO.
Well, it didn’t take long, and a young guy answered my ad. He had been looking for a place to live, and this was perfect for him. He could tow this out to his parent’s acreage, park it there and have free room and board, all for the asking price of $275.00.
Away he went with my camper, my deal of a lifetime. All my plans and visions of sugar plums (oops, sorry, wrong story), all my visions of a rebuilt camper for my daughter and me, were now out the window. Someone in the neighborhood had to interfere. Didn’t they know how much it meant to me? Couldn’t they see how well it was going? Didn’t they know I had dreams of taking my daughter camping and spending nights under the stars?
Ok – I might be exaggerating there a piece, but you get the idea.
Life is like that sometimes. We go at it with the best intentions, with the greatest plans, and someone comes along and shoots it all down. I had great plans for the camper when I was done remodeling it. But, now they were gone.
Do you know God has great plans for your life, and he has always had those plans? He wants to show you everything you are capable of. God wants to give you everything you need. He’s not interested in raining on your parade. He loves you too much. That’s our God, and remodeling is what He does all the time in our lives and the lives of those we know and love. God has had a plan from the very beginning of the earth. After all, He made it and everything in it. There are times when we would rather follow our plans, our dreams than what God has for us.
Let me ask you something today – How’s that working for you following your own deal, your own plan? There’s a verse in the Bible that goes like this:
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Father, I thank you for having the plan already mapped out for us. I thank you for your patience, your grace, and your mercy. And Lord, when we have messed up big time, may we repent quickly and get back on the road to you. Would you please help us to quit trying to detour around your plan for our lives? In Jesus’ name, I pray all these things, Amen.
In His Service