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Shattered Plans

June 16, 2010 by  
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“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name sake.” Psalms 23:3 NKJV

Deanna dreamed of the day she would become Mrs. to the Rev. Jeffery Radisson. Plans were made right down to the last detail. Ten months and counting, each day she crossed off the days on her calendar. They would live in the suburbs and two children would make them a perfect family.

Deanna spent the day shopping and found perfect necklaces for her attendants, beautiful hearts with tiny diamond chips. Her cell phone beeped and she felt her pulse rate increase when she look at the caller I.D. “Hi Jeff, you’ll never believe…”

He interrupted her mid-sentence. “Deanna.”

“What’s wrong?”

“Can we meet somewhere? I need to talk to you.”

Little lines crinkled around her eyes. “You’re scaring me, what’s wrong?”

“Nothings wrong, we just need to talk.” He took a deep breath.

“I’ll meet you at Lincoln Park near my house.” Deanna took her purchases and hurried to her car.

At the park, she walked along the path and spotted Jeff a little ways ahead of her. She quickened her steps and called to him.

Jeff turned to the sound of her voice and rushed towards her. He took her in his arms, and she was finally able to breathe.

“You worried me, are you okay?” Deanna pulled back.

I have something I need to tell you.” Jeff led her to a bench by the duck pond.

Deanna cuddled next to Jeff hanging on to his every word.

“I’ve shared with you my dream of being a missionary.”

Her lips formed a pout. “But all that’s change, right?”

“Sweetheart, we have an opportunity to go serve at an orphanage. Deanna, I believe with all my heart God has called me go.”

“I don’t know what to say. I had no idea you were even thinking about doing this. I don’t see myself living in a foreign country somewhere. I’m sorry, Jeff, I don’t feel called.”

“Deanna, we will work side by side bringing the gospel to the lost, and the children need us. This is the life God is calling us to.”

“Like sticking a pin in a balloon, her bubble burst. Her detailed plans shattered like glass.
“Jeff! What are you talking about? That’s not what we planned.” She wiped the tears with a tissue from her pocket. “How long would we have to stay? Surely, we can’t have our children there?”

“I don’t have the answers. Will you pray about it?” Jeff wiped a stray tear off her cheek.

“Yes. But please take me home.” She pulled her sweater around her.

In her bedroom the tears washed down her cheeks as her dreams evaporated. She prayed, and when she felt God’s prompting to go, she pleaded with Him. “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.” For the first times in her life she doubted God, her soul felt empty. “Why would you do this to us? I don’t understand your ways.” Still, it was a difficult choice. She loved God with all her heart, and she didn’t want to reject His plan for their lives.

She touched the buttons on her phone. “Jeff, it’s me. I’ve made a decision. In the words of Ruth, ‘where you go, I will go.’ I don’t understand His ways. I can’t say I feel elated about this, but I will go.”

“I love you so much.” His relief was marred with concern.

Their big day arrived, exactly as Deanna planned, she look like a princess in her flowing gown. The “I do’s” were exchanged, and the celebration lasted into the evening. The band played as the bride and groom said their farewells.

“Sweetheart, don’t cry.” Jeff tried to comfort her.

“I can’t believe we’re waiting to board a plane taking us away from our family and friends. We were suppose to be on our way to Maui for our honeymoon.”

“Everything will be okay, He’ll send His Angels to prepare our way.”

“I love God with all my heart. He didn’t call me directly to go to a mission field, but He did call me to be your wife. I’m feeling a little sad, a little lost right now. I need a little time to become accustom to His design.”

The boarding call came. Deanna and Jeff found their seats at the back of the plane.
After boarding a second smaller plane, which seamed none too safe, they finally arrived at their destination.

“All I want right now is a hot shower.” Deanna said.

The man threw the bags on top of the dilapidated old bus. The ride was bumpy, hot and long. Stepping off the bus they were surrounded by makeshift huts. Greeted with joyfulness by the missionaries, Mark and Georgia Evans, their expressions revealed their relief at seeing the much needed help arrive.

Confusion and shock was clearly exposed on the faces of Deanna and Jeff, as they look around at the poverty. Jeff pulled Deanna closer to him, as if to protect her.

“Come on we will give you the grand tour.” Georgia showed them around the place they would now call home.

Night fell, none too soon and nestled in their hut, little did they realize this would be home for the next twelve years.

“Hi sweetheart, Mark showed me around today. I never imagined the reality of seeing conditions like these, people hungry and sick. It’s heartbreaking. How did your day go?” Jeff gave her a kiss.

“I spent it at the orphanage. Jeff, their little faces. They’re hungry, with clothes ragged and dirty. But those bright smiles, they wrapped tight, right around my heart. I want them to never feel hunger again. I want to teach them about Jesus. Why would God send me, I feel so unworthy?”

The tears came as she thanked God for the privilege of helping these precious children.

“The need is great, and we answered yes to His call”

“I thought of the words found in the twenty-third Psalms, a couple of times today.” Deanna opened her bible and read aloud.

Rita loves God and strives to live life in harmony with His design. God blessed her with a husband who is also her best friend. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for thirty-seven years. They have four adorable daughters and seven delightful grandchildren, who fill their lives with love and never a dull moment.

She writes stories of love and special things…lit by the fire of hope. Rita holds a B.A. in Clinical Christian Counseling and Biblical studies. She also holds a M.A. Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. She has a passion for helping others achieve their most important life goals.

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3 Responses to “Shattered Plans”
  1. Terri Tffany says:

    I loved this story! I felt right along with her:)

  2. What a moving story of covenant love. It was a pleasure to read this Rita!

  3. Stephanie Jackson says:

    Brought tears to my eyes Rita. What a wonderful story!! Thank you.