Recalculating: It happens. As you are on your journey, everything is moving along. You are making good time and then just as quickly, everything stops. In life’s journey it could be financial difficulties, family problems or health issues. When Sharon and I ‘recalculated’ it wasn’t as if we saw the obstacle coming.
Our 16 year old son became ill. Words like ‘Aplastic Anemia’ and ‘lymphoma’ and other words that sounded like our trip was being cut short were thrown around for over a year. The good news is there was no cancer. The bad news is that what he did have meant a new normal for us. IVIG treatments monthly, chemo for a kid still in high school, treatments that slowly seemed to dismantle his young body. That was the first major reroute of our journey.
The second was less important, but sometimes just as frightening. We weren’t just ‘Majors’. We were The Majors. It was who we were, not what we did. We loved it, thought it was our destination and not just our journey. We poured into families that were strong but got off track, Veterans who were lost along the way and children who needed to be pointed in the right direction. We were privileged to help others change their destination and join us on our journey.
So when we realized we needed to recalculate, it felt as if the wheels were falling off. In reality, it was simply the next leg in our journey. The same destination, just a different road to get there. This leg is different, unknown and there are new people on this route, but it’s the right one.
Recalculate. It happens to all of us. It’s important to remember that the journey changes, the destination is the same and the Navigator…He says this: “I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11.