Doing Time God’s Way. A Prodigal Working His Way Back Home

Sometimes things don’t go as we had planned. Personally, I’m not a big planner. When I decide I want my hair done, I want it done right then. I don’t plan months ahead for a vacation. Usually I’m scrambling, at the last minute, to find somewhere to stay. It’s nothing for me to call up a friend and make last minute dinner plans.

I think, in a lot of ways I’m afraid of planning. Plans can fail, and when plans fail, we are left disappointed. I hate being disappointed. I try my best to avoid disappointment, in this life however, it’s unavoidable. Appointments aren’t available, condos are booked up, people already have plans. Then there are big ones like divorce, financial problems, losing loved ones, children taking a wrong path and ending up in jail instead of becoming president, or a sports icon. You get the picture. Life rarely ever goes as planned.

Yesterday was one of those days. Our boy had court. We had planned on him going to rehab, but the judge didn’t have the same plans. He decided that Tuck should just serve his time. The word prison was mentioned. As a mom, I was devastated. That’s my boy. Even as a grown man, I want to protect him.

All I’ve been praying for Tucker lately is that God’s will be done. If you’ve never had to pray that prayer for one of your children, it’s the hardest prayer you’ll ever have to pray. We never know what it will take for God to reach someone. As a parent, it’s so hard to completely hand your child over to God, and get out of the way and let Him work.

Once the initial shock wore off, and after some encouraging words, from some godly friends, (who, by the way, were there to support us) I calmed down and remembered that God’s got this. He’s working in Tucker’s life. He protected Daniel in the lion’s den, (thanks Gresh) and He’ll protect our boy no matter where he happens to be.

Tucker said he was at peace with whatever God had for him. What an awesome thing to hear! He doesn’t have much time left to serve, five or six months, so we are pretty confident that he’ll stay where he is. That’s our prayer anyway. Tucker is praying and reading his bible, and he is being ministered to by some awesome men of God. I believe God has Tucker right where he needs to be, and that when this is over he’s going to come out a totally different man!

God is using this situation to change lives and build faith! We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9. We may not like, or understand ever situation that God allows, but like Paul said in Philippians 4:11, “I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.” That, my friends, is trust! That’s how I want to live! To god be the glory, great things He has done, is doing, and will do!

The Lord only builds a bridge of faith directly under the feet of a faithful traveler. He never builds the bridge a few steps ahead, for then it would not be one of faith.”We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). *Streams In The Desert

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