We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Some of us believe it, and some of us stick to our stubbornness and maintain the notion that we are in fact, in complete control. Regardless of your beliefs, this will never be the case. It’s the basic understanding that while we’re free to make our own choices, we cannot control the choices of those around us.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been stubborn. I’ve done things, both personally and professionally, thinking they’d take me to a specific destination. And while some of them did, many did not. It’s a thing called life, and I love it. I’ve grown to embrace the fact that I have no idea what the future may hold. It allows more room to dream.
This rang most true a couple weeks ago while I was standing at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda. My journey to Africa began more than six years ago when I met a Ugandan in Kentucky. I never imagined my future would include an African husband. Now, I can’t picture my life without him.
An unforeseen chain of events brought Patrick and me together, and he brought me to Africa. I’ve been living a life I never dreamed possible and experiencing opportunities I never knew existed – all along a road I’d never thought I would travel.
Sarah Dessen, from What Happened to Goodbye said it perfectly, “It was amazing how you could get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it was exactly where you needed to be.” Don’t be afraid to stray from the straight and narrow to enjoy the twists and turns of the journey through life, for it is through them that unexpected dreams come true.