"I am the way and the truth and the life"
"God laughs at our plans". Any Catholic can probably say that they've heard this phrase either in Church or from a wise parent or sage. I certainly have, and I always get slightly annoyed since I'm not a huge fan of my plans getting laughed at. I found out today, however, that his plans are better than ours in a powerful way.
My day began like any other: wake up, help at school mass, substitute teach Spanish class. I knew I had to register our high school youth group for our Mission Trip this year pretty quickly since registration started at 10am, and my class didn't end until 10:10. As I raced from teaching Spanish to my office, I received a text from St. Benedict's Youth Coordinator, Deb Malcom (with whom we partner for Mission Trips), saying that the place we originally wanted to do Missions at was already full. I panicked. I got angry. How could it have filled up so fast?? Ugh. Youth Ministry probs.
So I got on the phone with Deb Malcom and she said something that really hit me, "God must have a different plan than ours". If you know Deb at all, you know she is a very happy woman at all times. Her way of thinking is what motivates her too. Seeing that God had closed one door, she didn't despair but rather moved on to open a new door. The door we opened also turned out to be even more exciting than our previous plan...
I'm happy to announce that St. Pius, St. Benedict's, and St. Joseph's will be teaming up for a Mission Trip to Champaign, IL from June 18th to the 24th! We are all very excited and glad that God has given us this opportunity to serve in their community. For our fun day on Friday, we will likely spend some time riding roller coasters at Six Flags in St. Louis, MO.
Moral of the story: let God laugh at your plans knowing that his is better; and he is only laughing because of how little we want for ourselves compared to how much he wants to give.