Destiny and Detours – Calling Crisis
Key Bible Verse: We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Bonus Reading: Isaiah 42:16
3 a.m., Moscow. I helplessly watched our one-year-old struggle for each breath. We had no car. The metro shut down at 1 a.m. Even if we got a ride, reaching the American Medical Clinic across town would take at least an hour.
“Do something!” I screamed at God.
He did, but in the process He smashed the dream I thought He’d given me. The short-term answer came quickly. An American acquaintance with a car drove us to the clinic, where our son received timely oxygen treatments for his asthma.
The long-term answer proved much more difficult. Over the next few weeks, my wife and I realized that we’d need to return to the States to get our son’s asthma under control. What I considered a calling and had pursued for 14 years—teaching as a Christian professor at a university overseas—would have to wait. Perhaps indefinitely. What was God doing?
Four years later, as I teach some of my first Russian graduate students in the United States, I can begin to see God’s hand. I also sense His healing hand on our growing young boy, on a struggling marriage that needed renewal, and on my own heart that needed rejuvenation. I now thank God for His detour.
—Perry Glanzer in Texas
My Response: What detour in my life can I now thank God for?
Prayer for the Week: Lord, decrease my preoccupation with my destination and increase my concern for the process You are using to shape my character.