A couple of decades ago, I learned a principle that has served me well ... when I don't forget to remember it. It is the simple term "mid-course corrections."
I first heard the phrase from NASA. As far as I understand it (I have had friends who really were rocket scientists, but I am not), when NASA launches a rocket, they are continually adjusting the rocket's course and trajectory to reach its appointed destination.
This principle, when applied to everyday life, has taught me flexibility, humility, and trust in God's wisdom and care. He is committed to launching our lives, and then guiding us along his path, ensuring that we will reach the destination he has planned--in his way, and in his time.
On March 23, 2020, Nancy and I were scheduled to depart for more than two months to meet with mission projects and partners overseas. We had worked hard as a team in prayerful preparation.
The plans were to unfold like this: Our first stop was in Thailand to visit a new water-well project at the House of Faith children's home. Next, we were scheduled to meet a 20-member medical team in Cambodia.
From there we were to proceed to Vietnam to check-in on the 122 orphans at Redemption House. After that, we were to go to India, meeting with our precious team there and checking out the water-well projects.
Finally in May, our last stop was Israel where we were slated to check-in on several ministry projects and do on-site Bible study with our guide, Amir.
And then ... everything changed. A worldwide pandemic arrived with its countless, life-shaping mid-course corrections.
Have we been saddened by this? You bet! But there are even more significant struggles and issues our family and friends are facing right now than a change in our plans.
Psalm 32:8 (NLT) is an anchored truth for me during the mid-course corrections of life. The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."