Last week we had planned to participate in a local VBS. Ruthie and I were to be crew leader and helper since she is officially too old for attending VBS (cue the tears).
Earlier in June, Ruthie and I attended two training meetings, got our matching crew leader t-shirts, and began praying for the crew that would be assigned to us.
Monday morning we met the seven sweetest children who were in our crew! Ruthie manned the clipboard taking attendance and giving out name tags as I met each child.
We learned the new VBS songs complete with movements and we had the greatest Monday! Ruthie and I went home praying for our crew and looking forward to the next few days.
Then Monday afternoon, Ruthie laid down on the couch and almost fell asleep. When she woke up, I knew something was not right. Feeling her forehead, I began to realize that our week’s plans might be changing.
By Friday afternoon, she was feeling back to normal, but VBS ended on Thursday evening. Ruthie missed the last three days of it!
Thankfully, the VBS directors had volunteers ready to be substitute crew leaders in case a crew leader had to miss unexpectedly. VBS went on without us, much to our dismay.
But on the second day of being home, Ruthie looked at me and asked me, “Why would God allow me to miss this? Why would He allow me to get sick when all I wanted to do is help these little children understand how much Jesus loves them?”
That is a hard question to answer.
Why would God want us to miss an opportunity to share God’s love?
I held Ruthie close as the tears streamed down her face.
I explained to her that sometimes God allows things that we don’t think are best, but we have to trust that He is at work even when we do not understand what is happening.
There are several situations in my life like that right now. Maybe you can relate – you cannot understand what God is doing or why a situation is as it is. But we can take our frustrations and our desire for wisdom and understanding to Him and ask Him to fill our cups. And He will.
Maybe not as quickly as we would like. But He is always there working and our job is to acknowledge Him and to trust Him…that is what faith is, right?
This week I have asked for wisdom and understanding in the midst of situations I cannot explain. I may not understand (or like what is going on), but I know God is with me and He will make my path straight.
For that I am eternally grateful!
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6