I was recently told by a friend that God always knows what we really need to work on. Apparently, God knows how much I love having a plan. Although I have always been flexible and spontaneous, I enjoy check-lists, research, planning and calendars. Our move to Hawaii was no exception. Almost a year before our move, David and I were planning this year down to the day.
We arrived on Oahu two weeks before our school in order to spend time with my family
and get in some beach time before the SBS started. Apparently, beach days will not be included in our school schedule. 😉 One week before the start date we were contacted by our school directors informing us that the SBS was being post-poned until September for multiple reasons.
Although my parents graciously offered to let us stay with them through September, we both agreed that we wanted to use the summer to serve YWAM and the local Hawaiian community. However, as we began nocking on doors and those doors remained closed, it was really easy to let doubt and uncertainty creep in.
Long story short: We moved into the YWAM Honolulu base for approximately 48 hours. Although the base is not running any schools or many outreaches this summer, we unpacked and settled in. Our first morning there I read this quote by Oswald Chambers during my quiet time, “Obey God in the thing he shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. God will never reveal more truth about himself until you obey what you know already.” Just minutes later I checked my e-mail and found an invitation for David and I to join YWAM Kauai (one of the doors we had previously nocked on). Within 24 hours we spoke with the YWAM Kauai director and bought a plane ticket for that same week.
A few days later we boarded a plane to Kauai with one suitcase and a few oversized carry on bags. Who would have thought that we would be spending the summer on Kauai (the oldest of the Hawaiian islands)? We had no idea what to expect, but just decided to say yes to the unknown.
Although I am a “planner”, I love God’s surprises. He knows exactly what we need and where we need to be. Hopefully these past few week’s lessons in faith and trust will stick with me for a long time. After all, “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.” (Proverbs 16:9)
For those of you who have been following our story (with all its twists in turns), thank you! We have been on Kauai for one week now and are excited to share with you all what we have been up to. 🙂 Expect plenty of stories and pictures soon.