When I was asked to write a piece for the blog I thought hard about what I wanted to say. One thing that kept coming back to me was how faithful God has been in my life and how thankful I am to be a part of the Vineyard movement!
My husband Graeme and I have been a part of the Vineyard for over 20 years. We have served in many different Vineyards around the country and have been privileged to be a part of every one. The blessings of being in a worldwide movement became particularly real when we were over in California a few years ago. We were due to fly home one morning but on the way to the airport we got a call to say that there had been a shooting at the airport and it was in total shut down. We were stranded in South Central LA with a 3 year old and a 7 year old in a place we didn’t know, with very limited finances and the prospect of not being able to get a flight home for 5 days.
Now in normal circumstances this would have completely shaken us, scared us and I know I would have been in a complete panic. But within an hour we had people who didn’t even know us offering to put us up, help us out and pray for us. Thanks to our church family we were able to stay with some amazing people, visit the Vineyard Church in Anaheim and go to the best Fall Festival I have ever seen!
Sometimes God doesn’t want things to happen to us but he will always, always take care of us.
Instead of a stressful, scary end to our trip God enabled us to be cared for and made sure we got home safe and sound with even better memories that we thought we would have. I am gradually learning that although I want God to be in control, I also have to surrender to his will and accept that my plans are not always his, but his are much much better for me!
‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11
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