School finished up for the semester at noon yesterday, and I thought I was free to go.
But I was wrong.
In Colombia, there exists a wonderful concept that if a student fails the semester, he can still pass the class by completing some extra work (known here as recuperaciones). So while everyone was joyously leaving school, I spent the afternoon putting together recuperaciones for several students. (Yes, it’s possible to work ahead on such things, but only if one has the time.)
I also thought I’d be going to Prado, Tolima this weekend to enjoy some relaxation at a lake in “hot country.” I was wrong about that too—our ride didn’t work out, so now I’m still in Bogotá.
I wonder what else will happen to teach me that God’s in control of the future, and I’m not? I guess I should pay attention to James’s exhortation: “[Y]ou do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that'” (James 4:14-15, ESV).
It’s true: our life is fleeting, and we can’t hold onto it, but we have an eternal, all-powerful God who loves us and holds control over what happens to us. In contrast to the fleeting mist of an unsure life that we know, God offers us a secure, eternal life through Jesus Christ.
So, if it is the Lord’s will, I will be traveling back to Grand Rapids on Monday. I really anticipate seeing friends and family and enjoying two weeks or so (but not more!) of snow.