life is funny. sometimes you plan for a fun all gussied up dinner + drinks with the girls downtown, and you end up going to the local diner in your yoga pants with your neighbor [followed by drive thru ice cream shakes…] instead. Sometimes you are sad that the well laid out plans didn’t work, and you will miss the people that were supposed to be there. then sometimes the 2 hour dinner over salad + wine + fried zuccini sticks dipped in ranch blows your mind and give you just the perfect night that you didn’t know you needed. sometimes you realize that you have been
friends good friends with someone for years, and yet have never shared a meal just the two of you. I am oh-so-very-thankful for my neighbor-friend, Jacci, and our yoga pants date. I love the kind of relationships where conversation, I mean really good + deep conversation, is easy and just seems to flow freely. Where you can share anything from your family drama, to third world living stories, and then how much your wedding dress cost. for real. Freeing. Community. I am so thankful to have it right at my doorstep [almost literally].
[me + Jacci. don’t we sorta look like sisters here? ps – this was NOT the aforementioned yoga pants dinner date]
It just got me thinking about life, and the “plans” we have. The perfect, pretty, well laid out plans that we think we have control over.
“The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
the reality is, it’s the Lord that determines our steps. might sound cliche, but God knew that this night would just be me + Jacci sitting across from each other in that booth. He knew that I would be able to take a big sigh of relief, and pour out my heart like she was my counselor. He knew we would get to know each other + our stories deeper than we have in the past. and that’s JUST what life and relationships are about! PROGRESS! moving forward, sharing our past and our past hurts and regrets yes – but ultimately, “forgetting what lies behind and straining for what lies ahead” – Philippians 3:13. We both have a lot of unknowns in the not-so-distant future, but that future is bright! because it’s the LORD who establishes our steps.
It’s Him who messes up our well laid out plans, and gives us exactly what we didn’t even know we needed.