The truth

Schedules keep me sane. Checklists are the scaffolding of my life. Beginning with the end in mind is mandatory.

When I was 16, my penchant for predictability was significantly challenged. Up to that point, I had planned everything from what I’d eat the next day for breakfast (Strawberry Squares cereal) to how my pre-med, Utah-born dreamboat would propose (fireworks, waterfall, Tiffany ring).
However, with the announcement that my family would literally be moving half-way around the world, all of these plans changed. Everything I’d been hoping for seemed unattainable. Even the cereal was unavailable, and I had to settle for “konfurekusu” — cornflakes. And not the frosted kind.
I spent a long time (as in years) viewing this dramatic change as a departure from the way my life was supposed to go.
My time in Japan and many other experiences (including those of the past two weeks), have taught me, though, that there is a much bigger plan for my life than the one I mapped out as a teenager.
That plan includes greater pain and grander joys than I could have imagined. It’s difficult. It’s rewarding. It’s overwhelming. It’s awe-inspiring. And, in the end, it’s the only one that’s supposed to work out.
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.” ― C.S. Lewis, “The Collected Works of C. S. Lewis”
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03059313579649077858 Britt and Chad

    Em I love what you have written in this post. I would have to agree that the plans we think are the best for us are not even comparable to the plan that is really intended for us. And it turns out, that plan is so much better than we had imagined. You're brilliant, keep up the blogging.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13482973529958165876 Emily

    Thanks, Britt! I couldn't have dreamed of a more loyal, compassionate friend, and I'm so glad that the plan for my life includes you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12196071514119940884 JG

    Excellent post and just what I needed. I still have to remind myself that it's not my plan, it's His; though I wouldn't mind if some of His plans were similar to mine. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13482973529958165876 Emily

    Thanks, Jess! I agree :)