After my amazing trip to Zambia last summer I was excited about what the Lord had in store for me this summer. I awaited in eager anticipation to hear from Him what country I would be sent to. When the answer came, it was not at all what I had eagerly anticipated.
"Not this summer," He said. My request, my passion for mission, had been denied, the Lord has said no. For several weeks I despaired of what to do for three whole months this summer, but as I waited patiently on the Lord, expecting no specific answer, He was faithful to open doors of opportunity to me. My summer is quite full now. I have a national speech and debate competition in early June, am attending Summit Leadership Camp in late June, am helping to coordinate a live Rebelution Conference in July, and also in July am attending a conference with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Then, before I know it, I'll be off to school for a whole new adventure!
Isn't the Lord gracious? When we wait upon Him He may not give us the answer we expect, but He instead gives us the answer that is best for us. Don't complain that His plan doesn't fit yours; rejoice in the opportunities He offers, knowing that His plan is always better than our own.