Any time I finish a big, multiple-step project, I tend to end up a bit lost for a while. I had my long list of “to-do’s” and for months I was checking things off, rearranging priorities, adding missed steps….Finally the last thing is checked off the list, and I am so excited!
But then the question necessarily follows: what next?
It seems to take me some time to prayerfully work through this, but I have come to the conclusion that, in the long-run, the lull in busy-ness is actually just as productive as all the activity. Both are essential.
So this week, after finally finishing VBS–The Land of Milk & Honey, I have been thinking about what lies ahead in the Lord’s plan for me and for Hasten Home.
One of the possibilities I have been considering for the not-too-distant future is going back to a partial VBS program that I prepared some years ago and finishing it. You see, one year our church asked me to piece together a VBS program using some leftover materials from previous years. That year, I created some materials to fill in the gaps for our church’s pieced-together program. This is why the materials I have for it are not a complete program. (The success of that pieced-together program, however, is a big part of what actually inspired me to go all out and write VBS–Superstars for Jesus from scratch the following year!)
My desire to go back and finish that first VBS program brought with it a small problem, though: the record of my work was almost entirely on my old, broken down computer. That computer had no functional disk drive (aside from the built-in hard drive), it refused to cooperate with a data transfer cable, and finally it refused to so much as turn on.
Now, I know a bit about using computers, but fixing them is not my joy. Fighting with that old “dinosaur” of a machine eventually got me to the point of utter frustration, and I decided the best thing to do would be to put it aside and wait until I could afford to pay a professional computer repair person to do what they do best and retrieve my poor data. So there it sat, so close but so far away, year after year, enticing me with vain hopes….
Every so often, I would wish I could just get my data off that old thing and get the “dinosaur bones” out of my house. Every once in a while, I even gave it another try–but never with any success.
So it sat.
As I finished VBS–The Land of Milk & Honey, I began thinking more of my data, mysteriously locked up in that old machine. I prayed about it, asking the Lord to provide the money to just have the professional take care of it for me, if that was His will at this time…and I took that computer out of my house.
VBS–The Land of Milk & Honey was finally completed, and the computer still sat as useless as ever. Then early this week, just as I was free again to possibly go back to working with the partial program, the Lord in His perfect timing provided the money I needed to have my data recovered–plus enough to purchase an external hard-drive as an extra precaution against ever having this annoying worry again!
As is so often the case with our expectations and cares, the information on that broken-down computer was even more “partial” than I remembered. However I look at it though, I have no doubt that God in His perfect timing answered my prayers. The skeleton I have to work with for my next VBS project is looking rather bare right now, but just take a look at Superstars for Jesus and The Land of Milk & Honey! They are testimony of the Lord’s willingness to bring a great project to completion, and I have no doubt that the Lord can even bring life to old, “dry bones”!
“And he said unto me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.” (Ezekiel 37:3)
Singing praise to the God who hearest prayer,