On top of Mt. Washington
Caleb here, driving once again on I-90, faithfully supporting Uncle Sam by way of overinflated tolls. Destination: Exeter, Rhode Island. You might be thinking, “Haven’t you already been to Rhode Island?” Yes. However, we’re going back in search of cell reception and sub-90 degree weather, two commodities which have been in distressingly low supply in our travels of the northeast. We just left the little town of West Danby, New York, which leads me to my story…
On Tuesday afternoon, we arrived at the home of Pastor Bruce and his wife, Debbie. Although we again faced the typical void of cell service, we quickly identified and conquered a two-story water slide into the above-ground pool. In my humble opinion, this, combined with the presence of brownies and cookie pie, easily outweighed the cell service debacle.
After sitting down to a great meal of ham and every vegetable known to man (and perhaps even women) and playing some epic Catchphrase, I had the opportunity to plop my posterior on a comfy couch and have a great conversation with Debbie’s daughter Michelle. She was a spunky graduate of Liberty University, and she and her husband had taken jobs in Virginia after graduating and stayed for a couple years. However, when they felt God leading them back to New York, they picked up and moved back just a couple weeks ago despite friends’ advice that it was foolish to move without jobs lined up.
Michelle told me how during college she had often felt pressure to figure out “God’s plan” for her life, or to have her five-year plan mapped out. Yet right now she’s still working on her five-day plan. How comfortable she was with that made an impression on me. She told me that so often people focus on trying to figure out God’s will for their lives that they fail to focus on growing closer to God Himself and seeking His face daily. Although she may at times find herself stressing, she keeps coming back to trusting in God and knowing He will take her where she needs to be. She has no idea where she will be in a few months, but she is OK with that. God knows where she will be, and that’s good enough for her.
Hearing all of this from her was really awesome and even challenging to me. God used the conversation to change my perspective of a long-distance relationship in my life. Previously, I had been worrying about whether or not we would be able to handle the distance as I continue school at Cedarville while she pursues her education in Texas. God used Michelle and her situation to reveal to me that I don’t need to know where the relationship will be in six months; I just need to be thankful for the awesome friendship God has given us now. As I seek His face daily, He will be faithful to guide each of us to whatever He has and knows is best for each of us. Matthew 6:34 really states what I have been learning: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
~Caleb and HeartSong Green
P.S. Here are some pictures from our travels…
HeartSong Green in Times Square NYC
Cedarville University Alumni Event in Boston, MA
Executive Director Jim Cato and his wife Melody came to visit us in Maine!
Dani, Caleb, and Aubs . . . Good friends