I Always Took You Where You Needed To Go

As I’m preparing for the next major transition in my life (moving to Dallas!!), I find myself looking back over some of the previous turning points in my life. As I think is common for most people, a number of the things I was expecting to happen… didn’t.

  • I planned to meet my husband at APU… nope.
  • I planned to begin an acting career after I graduated… complete 180.
  • I planned to do OTI summer 2013… plans changed.
  • I planned to stay in CA after OTI… ha.
  • I planned to meet my husband at IHOPU… that didn’t happen either [as far as I know].

That’s the thing about making plans… they don’t always turned out as, well, planned.

Enter this golden Doctor Who quote.

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The woman, Idris, (my car’s namesake) is currently housing the consciousness of the TARDIS– the Doctor’s space ship/time machine. (Yes, the ship has a consciousness… just go with it.) The Doctor takes this unique face-to-face opportunity to accuse her of being unreliable:

The Doctor: “You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.”

Idris: “No, but I always took you where you needed to go.”

In my experience, God is like that too. He most certainly had not always taken me where I wanted to go. If I had been writing my story, quite a few things would have been different.

But if I had chosen my own path ahead of time, I would have missed out on so much that was meant to be part of my journey.

If I had married someone I met at APU, it probably wouldn’t have been someone connected to the prayer movement and I probably wouldn’t have ended up involved with IHOPKC.

If I had gone into the industry as an actor… who knows where my life would have led. Again, probably not to the prayer movement.

If I had done OTI summer 2013 instead of summer 2012, I would have met completely different people and would still be in IHOPU, if I had even decided to stay.

So many times I had my plans and desires all laid out, and God knew what was better. I knew what I wanted, but He knew what I needed.

Jesus is really good and I trust Him. He has never led me astray, and He never will.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
Proverbs 16:9

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Keagy
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:15:22

    I totally resonate with this post… well said – “I knew what I wanted, but He knew what I needed.” I may use that 😉 Oh and I totally have *Proverbs 16:9* framed in Chinese 🙂 Good verse!

    Are you interested in doing an art night in the next couple of weeks? Perhaps a weekday night like Monday 10/10 or Thursday 10/13? I have acrylic paint we can use 🙂 You can just bring a canvas or paper or something that you want to paint on 🙂

    On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Fragrance Arise wrote:

    > Caitlyn posted: “As I’m preparing for the next major transition in my life > (moving to Dallas!!), I find myself looking back over some of the > previous turning points in my life. As I think is common for most people, a > number of the things I was expecting to happen… didn'” >

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    • Caitlyn
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:17:51

      Thank you, Sarah! It was so good to see you and Robert on Saturday. Yes, I’d love that! I have a prayer group on Monday, so maybe a Thursday? Let me know!

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  2. Michelle Morrison
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 17:18:21

    Catching up…I love this. Yes, things may not always go the way you plan, but the Lord is in control. I’ve learned some good things from Dr. Who also. 🙂

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