The Best of Plans

 Best of plans can be thwarted and still create the best of results if you let them. I am a serial entrepreneur and have always been amazed at how businesses take on a life of their own in the first few years. If you allow a company to be what it is going to be and couple that with strategic planning and sheer power of will it almost always creates something better than ever imagined when dreaming of the company to come.

I love the outdoors and love interacting with people in a meaningful way. I’m not big on small talk and feel awkward at times but that’s for another post on a different day. Coodinating outdoors hikes with people is a challenge, to say the least. To add to the challenge I’m not the most organized person when it comes to administrative functions. I have learned to accept this and either deal with the organized chaos or I find help. Recently I started a meetup.com group to assist in planning and getting the word out to close friends and family. To my surprise, we ended up with 76 members in just a couple of weeks. This was not good for someone lacking administrative/organizational skills.

Coodinating outdoors hikes with people is a challenge, to say the least. To add to the challenge I’m not the most organized person when it comes to administrative functions. I have learned to accept this and either deal with the organized chaos or I find help. Recently, I started a meetup.com group to assist in planning and getting the word out to close friends and family. To my surprise, we ended up with 76 members in just a couple of weeks. This was not good for someone lacking administrative/organizational skills.

I know, I know, I going somewhere with all of this. Just hang with me. Over the last month, I have been attempting to schedule a two-day hike. Initially, we were shooting to hike for two days at Big Schloss near Wolf Gap in Virginia. Later this would change to Sky Meadows in Paris, VA due to a lack of people who could participate in the further distances. A week out I tried to schedule sites with the Sky Meadows park and to my surprise, everything was booked. Not one spot was available. Opps I had to change the locations again. I then moved our venue to a hike that was difficult but had some of the most beautiful views in Virgina at Signal Knob. We were all stoked! We had a few members ask if this was doable by younger children. Children under twelve would never make this hike and it would be dangerous to boot.  Once again I chose to move the location back to Paris, VA and we would jump on the Appalachian Trail, hike an undetermined distance and invite my grandchildren including my three-year grandson, Kaleb. This would be doable for both pets and young children.

When Saturday rolled around we were all ready and hit the trail head at 9 am sharp. Heavy rain, lightning overhead, downpours and sideways rain would not force me to change the plans again. Only my son, grandson, and I showed up. This wasn’t a surprise considering all of my planning fiascos. As we are trekking up the side of Mount Weather, I considered turning back and giving in. This is where sheer willpower comes in. We would trek on regardless. After all, we were outdoors, away from the corporate world and enjoying the amazing fireworks show of lightning and thunder. It was as if God was daring us to continue.

We sat on a log and reflected on the possible dangers while all they time telling my somewhat fearful grandson to enjoy the cool the firework show with every BOOM! Finally, the choice was made we would move on.

As we continued we saw the sun peek through and the day became beautiful. My grandson happily hiked four miles picking flowers accompanied by soft owwws and ahhhs as he was discovering a whole new world. We stopped for lunch and were deciding where to camp for the night. My grandson was beginning to feel nature’s call. He had to “poop” and he wasn’t going to use a hole in the ground no matter how much coaxing. After a couple of hours, we decided to make a mad four and a half mile dash back to the car. Kaleb was exhausted and wasn’t walking another step. Then the moment happened.

The plan was for me to run ahead to the car, drop my pack, then backtrack and carry him the rest of the way. Carrying a three-year-old and a full backpack was less than an optimal plan. As I decided to run forward I heard my son say the following words to his son as he picked him up and sat him on top of his already heavy backpack. “Kaleb, You are okay, this is my job. I will ALWAYS carry you when you are too tired to walk.” In that moment I saw God. My son is a father. A good father, who in that moment sounded a lot like my Jesus!

When life is hard. When you can’t take another step. God reaches down, smiles and says. This is my job, son/daughter, I will always carry you when you are too tired to go on.

Even when the best of plans are ruined, if we push on, accepts our limitations, grow in our strengths, then and only then, will we experience what God intends for us. God knows how to change our best of plans so we can experience him.

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