Noel PIper is a wife, mother of 5, grandmother, world Christian, reader, author and speaker who finds great pleasure in seeing God’s hand at work close to home and far away. She blogs also at her Noel Piper website .
I longed to travel even before I knew I love to travel.
When I was 18, I stood in my dorm room and declared, “I’m not going to get married till 3 or 4 years after I graduate, so I can see the world first . . . .”
Prophetic? Just the opposite.
Within months, I met Johnny and that turned my life upside down. I finished college 3 or 4 weeks after we were married. So much for seeing the the world (at least according to those freshman assumptions about nothing much happening after the wedding). But I didn’t care, because Johnny was way more important.
What I should have said was, “I’m going to get married so I can see the world.” I had no idea that it was through our marriage God would open the world for me. Less than 3 years after our wedding, we were on a plane to Munich, where we lived for 3 years. That was just the beginning. More than 40 years later, I’d have to work my brain too hard to try to remember how many cities, states, countries I’ve visited.
So, prophetic? No. And to further confirm my nonprophetic gifts, the rest of that 18-year-old’s pronouncement was, ” . . . And I’ll never marry a preacher.”
Thank God, his plans are way better than mine.