Today feels like a perfect spring day. In fact, the only thing that seems to be missing is the Carolina fresh pine air. Spring ALWAYS reminds me of North Carolina. Every spring break we'd pack up the mini-van and head down to Charlotte (from Ohio) to my dad's brother's house. It was a grueling long drive without those fancy dvd players, video game players, cell phones, or any other electronics except books on tape and redneck radio stations. But we survived the trip every time and loved every minute of it, well except when dad wouldn't pull over for a bathroom break because he was "making good time."
I graduated High School and had no future plans.
However, God knew my heart and my passion for North Carolina. He sent messengers in the form of a future husband, friends, and family. He let me dreams new dreams and attend college where I was. Finally, after many years (or what seemed like it) of Marine Corps moves, I attended and graduated from University of North Carolina... the only difference was the location. It was no longer the Charlotte branch, but the Wilmington branch; the college on the beach.
God listened. I just had to wait on HIS timing, HIS plans, HIS desires for me. I had to be still and let everything happen. I had to make new dreams, I had to rely on my passions and desires to be alive again and recreate new goals to understand HIS work inside me. It sounds like a lot, but really, I just had/have to be faithful and do the little things so that He could/can train me for the BIG things.