Saturday, May 02, 2009

Change of Plans

All week, I've been looking forward to today, when I would hop in my car after my last final at 8 a.m. and head home. Well, my finals are done and that is a huge relief! However, I'm still here in my dorm room, my stuff all packed up, but no where to put it and no way to drive home. It's interesting how God changes our plans, and yet His way is still perfect.

Yesterday I had no final exams, so two friends and I headed out to the Ross Barnett Reservoir to have a picnic. We met at the cafeteria and packed up some food. It saved money, since we already automatically pay for every meal there!

The day was absolutely beautiful! The surroundings were so peaceful, with the green grass, ripply waves, and huge fluffy clouds.

We enjoyed our food (Friday lunch is, after all, pizza day!) and had sweet fellowship. It was nice to get off campus, and it was bittersweet as we realized this is one of the last times we would all be together for a long while.

We took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and free time to take pictures, together and alone, having fun as we thought up different poses.

Hannah and Anna

Mary Khris and Hannah

Anna and Mary Khris - it's been such fun to be roommates!

You realize how small you really are when you take in the enormity of God's awesome creation!

Finally, it was time to head back, as we had some studying to do before tomorrow. We piled into the broiling hot car, and I started the engine, backed up, shifted from reverse into drive - and the car died.

"No, not now of all times!" I thought as I continued to try to start the engine. It just kept turning over, however, refusing to catch. We got out the jumper cables, and a gentleman drove up to jump us, but that didn't help. He listened and looked around, and determined that it was probably a fuel or electrical problem. I called my dad and he went through some things to try and determined that I would need to get towed to a service station. Thankfully I had AAA, so I called them, and they were able to send out a tow truck after a long ordeal of trying to figure out exactly where we were. The picnic place we were at, Ridgeland Recreational Center, didn't come up on the map, but after walking along the road and asking a few people, we were able to find out our location. A few other gentleman stopped to look at the car, but there was nothing they could do to start it.

We called some friends from college to come and rescue us and then sat in the shade and waited for the tow truck. I was so thankful that Mary Khris and Hannah were with me, for it would have been hard to go through this alone! God knew what He was doing, for I am glad this didn't happen when I was on the road alone between here and home!

I rode in the tow truck to the service station, and my friends followed and met me there. The station was busy, so we left my car and headed back to campus.

We stopped at McDonald's for cold treats, which cooled us off and brightened the mood! These girls were so sweet to rescue us, and we had a fun time together. I also learned that one of these girls is going to be in my area this summer, and we were both excited to find that out! God truly works in mysterious ways, for I don't know if I would have connected with her had my car not broken down.

I called the service station this morning, and my car won't be able to be fixed today, but they'll start on it first thing on Monday morning. So, it looks as though I'll be at Belhaven for a few days longer. I will miss getting home earlier, especially after all of the anticipation, but it will be fun to spend a few more days with friends around here. Hopefully things will be fixed on Monday and I'll be able to truly head home this time!

God works in wondrous ways. Already He has brought good out of the situation. Though I don't know all of the whys, I know that He has everything under control. In His timing, I will get home - and I pray that timing is Monday, but we shall see how He leads!

*Edit* Plans have changed again! God is definitely teaching me flexibility... Elijah is driving down tomorrow morning to take me to Texas to meet some of his friends. It shall be a quick trip, but it sounds like fun! Hopefully we'll still get back on Monday and drive home if the car gets fixed.

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." - Proverbs 19:21


Ella said...

Thanks for updating us! But it does look like you are having good times....even though your plans have changed.

Our Lord always seems to do that....and yet, it is always for the best!

*~*Nicole*~* said...

Hey girls, I don't remember how I stumbled onto this blog but it's been a very interesting read! I think I come from an entirely different background that you did but it is very refreshing to see young ladies (in college I assume) to be so focused on the Lord and how you live your lives. I added this to my Favorites so can check back. Just wanted to say Hi!

Miriam Rebekah said...

I am so excited about you getting home, Anna!

I'm sorry about the delay, but I'll be happy as long as you are home in time for Wednesday evening...if not, it'll still be okay. =)

See ya soon!

Sydney said...

Like you said...thank God your car died when it did. I've had the exact same thing happen to me before also, right before a long trip. You were so fortunate to have your friends with you. AAA is such a blessing in my eyes. ;)
Thanks for the update...have fun! :D

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Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Well, you have a good story to tell about it all now. I 'm glad you had friends to help you enjoy the day -- despite its challenges! I pray everything is worked out with your car, so you can go home!

Anna Naomi said...

Yes, it is an adventure. I had a good trip with Elijah, but I'm back at Belhaven now, and my car still isn't fixed. The part they think they need should come in tomorrow, so hopefully it will get fixed and I'll be able to drive home tomorrow! I'm learning patience... But, God has a plan no matter what!

Anonymous said...

God is so good! I'm so glad to hear the car broke when your were out with friends instead of on your journey home. I pray everything works out and you have a safe trip HOME!