If I had had my way, I would be writing this in Rock Valley, Iowa, instead of in Telkwa, BC. We had hoped to celebrate my daughter’s birthday this week in the United States. We had hoped to see our new friends at Trinity CRC this weekend. We had hoped that I would start my new job at the beginning of August.
If only I had had my way.
If I had my way, our van’s transmission would have died somewhere en route, possibly leaving us stranded in an unfamiliar place. Instead, our van broke down close to home where we could wait for it to be repaired locally.
If I had my way, we would not have been able to spend extra time with Monica’s family this past week. British Columbia will feel far away when we’re in northwest Iowa, so extra time with family now is something to treasure.
If I had my way, our children would have missed Faith Reformed Church’s Vacation Bible School, a highlight of their summer for the past several years and now this year, too. They are still talking about the Bible stories and singing the songs they learned.
If I had my way, we would have missed several beautiful days on the beach at Tyhee Lake. The warm sun and refreshing water were fun gifts to receive and enjoy.
If I had my way, there wouldn’t have been time for one more hike to Twin Falls (one of the twins is pictured below). It turned out be a memorable day of good exercise and beautiful scenery.
If I had my way, we would have missed some terrific sunsets behind Hudson Bay Mountain. Maybe we’ll get a shot at seeing the Northern Lights yet, too.
And if I had my way, I suspect an opportunity to lean hard into God and trust His good timing would have been lost.
I guess I can be glad I don’t always get my way.