I am a recovering perfectionist traveling in the uncharted water of life, trusting God in the calm and tranquil as well as the dark and stormy seas. These are the stories of my journey to letting God be the navigator and transform me with His grace and love.
Changing Course: From My Plan to Uncharted Water
A perfectionist for most of my life, I convinced myself I knew where I wanted to go and how to get there. I loved Jesus, but I set my own course and sailed in the direction I wanted to go. When the occasional storm came, I battened down the hatches and worked a little harder, convinced my own effort would get me where I wanted to go.
God, of course, knows better. His plan requires complete dependence on Him.
To show me this, He placed me in uncharted waters-a series of circumstances and heartaches I didn’t understand or know how to navigate.
In desperation, I cried out. “I feel lost, Lord, alone in the middle of a vast sea. Everything is changing, and I don’t know where I’m going or how to get there. Help me.”
God’s Grace in Uncharted Water
As the tears ran down my cheeks, I heard God’s quiet whisper, “I never change. You can always count on me. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Stop fighting and worrying. Be still and know that I am God.”
God taught me the Truth: I don’t need a perfect life. Or my idea of a perfect life.
I only need one thing: God.
He never leaves me. His love and compassion hold me close. He wipes away my tears and fills me with His peace. Even when I may think my boat is too close to the rocks or sinking or adrift, God guides me. He charted the course, and He never makes a mistake.
Trusting God in Uncharted Water
My life journey doesn’t match the one I envisioned, but I am learning to both receive and give His grace as I trust God to take me where ever He wants me to be. And as long as I stay on the boat, God continues to give me opportunities to learn and grow. He transforms me so I make imperfect progress in learning compassion, kindness, patience, joy, love, gentleness from the Master.
I am blessed to have a husband, Van, who supports my journey. We have two daughters, both grown; the oldest is in heaven with our Savior and the youngest lives eight hours away. We are also blessed with three grandchildren who are the source of endless joy.
I recently retired from teaching seventh grade English and History and moved to the uncharted water of Arizona. I love to read, bake cookies, and spend time enjoying the beauty of God’s world.
Sharing My Journey through Uncharted Water with You
These are the stories of where God is taking me now. The one thing I can count on is God’s faithfulness, no matter how I feel at the moment.
God continues to work in my stubborn heart to soften, mold, and renew it in ways I never thought I needed. How wise God is. No matter what happens, He is there, guiding me through the uncharted water of life. He always knows exactly where I am going and has a plan to get me there. All He needs from me is trust and faith.