Martin, we have a problem


Made popular by the radio transmission from Apollo 13, only modified a bit for this post- “Martin, we have a problem”. This is often how it feels when something doesn’t go as planned, when the unexpected throws a wrench into what I had in mind. We were supposed to have a large area to teach Slovak students disc golf.

Day1 class 1 (of 12), all goes well. Class 2….the area is flooded with kids from the elementary school used to coming out for recess. Class 3…..even more kiddos, and temps approaching 90 without shade.

I pray, but realize later I’m praying for things to work out as we had planned them. Thankfully, He had other plans…..like Ninja, The Human Knot, casual conversation turned meaningful conversation, and more time for connections and building friendships- things that did not happen well when we had the entire area to play.

Day2, class 1 – we think we have the kinks worked out. Another church from America walks up and asks if they can share some of the space. They have 40 to 60 middle schoolers to work with. At this point I’m starting to catch on. The Lord has other plans and He knows they’re better than my plans.So we adjust, and the students who are there to learn disc golf still have a lot of fun. In fact, they teach us a few things.

Now I’m really starting to get it. If I had demanded things go my way we would have missed out on the rich times we had because things didn’t go as I planned. It’s just like the Lord to wreck me in order to grow me and give me His best. I’m thankful for the “problems”, Martin.

~~ The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all ~~ Psalm 34:17-19