Recently I went on a trip to visit my friend. It was my first trip flying alone but I figured that I am an adult so I should be capable of flying by myself. I got off the first plane in Atlanta and had a two-hour layover. I quickly found one of those screens to see which gate I needed to head to. I headed to D8 and sat down to check my email. My destination was on the screen at the gate and I thought I was at the right place. Twenty minutes passed and I looked up at the screen to see my destination was GONE! I walked to a big screen with all of the locations and gates to see that my gate had switched to C55. Gate C55 requires a long walk and even a tram ride. I went the wrong way at first and had to make a detour before I ended up at my correct gate.
I started to think about how this story is a metaphor for my life. I’m a planner. I love to plan and have everything go smoothly. I think I know where to go yet I am constantly being directed to other gates of life. My husband and I were married and had all our ducks in a row when we decided to start our family. I came to learn that there were other plans for my life than what I had expected. I experienced two miscarriages before finally holding my first baby in my arms. In the depths of my heartache I told God that I don’t know why this was the gate I had to go to but I came to a point of surrender where I wanted Him to use me through this. I came to realize that I might be able to help someone else through a difficult season.
Two years passed and one of my friends was expecting her third baby. For some reason, I felt the Holy Spirit moving on my heart prompting me to check in with my friend. Her pregnancy was going well but I knew she had an ultrasound coming up. I texted her and asked her when her ultrasound was. She replied “I’m here right now.” I asked her if she was alone to which she replied “Yes.” She seemed fine, so I still went on with plans I had for the day and got in the car to go to Target. As I was nearing the exit I felt the Holy Spirit move again on my heart prompting me to go the opposite direction to the hospital to check on her. I didn’t know all the details, I just wanted to be obedient to what I was feeling God calling me to do. As I sat in the parking lot and received a text from my friend that read “He doesn’t have a heartbeat” the details became much clearer at that moment why I was there. I told her I was already in the parking lot and was coming inside to join her. Later, she asked me how I knew to come to the hospital. I shared with her that the Lord impressed upon my heart that I needed to be there with her. He knew where I needed to be even before I did. We want our paths to be clearly laid out for us. We think we know where God wants us to be but He is the one that directs our paths.
We weren’t meant to do life alone. God wants us in fellowship with one another and to be there for one another. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift-up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”
I know the blessing of having other women come alongside as we journey through the ups and downs of motherhood. Unexpected turns happen and plans get re-routed but thankfully, we can have other women cheering us on. Once again I feel the Holy Spirit moving on my heart. This time, I feel Him calling me to move even more out of my comfort zone and depend more on Him. So, beginning on September 11th, we are launching a new women’s ministry for women who have small children and need a dose of encouragement. Mom’s Life will connect and minister to women navigating motherhood by reading Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe and bringing in seasoned mothers of Central to speak and mentor younger mothers. We weren’t meant to do this alone so we won’t. I encourage you to plug into the Women’s Ministries that fit your current walk of life. If you too feel the Holy Spirit prompting your heart to join with us this fall, give me a call at 442-4237. I would love to have you join us on this journey.
For more info on Mom’s Life and to sign up, click here.