The best of intentions

The Shrimp Fest takes place on Amelia Island, Florida each year during the Spring. This means approximately 150,000 people make their way to Fernandina’s historic district during this 3-day event. 
Many locals, myself included, planned to stay as far away from the traffic, crowd, etc. as possible this year.

Don’t get me wrong, Shrimp Fest is A LOT of fun. But, since there has been construction on the main road, I knew the traffic would be worse than previous years, so staying home seemed to be a good choice.

However…my dear friend’s daughter (who is 4 years old) was performing with her dance team at the festival, and I just couldn’t miss it! So, I got out of my comfortable bed, got dressed (BIG DEAL on a lazy Saturday morning!), and made my way through the traffic, crowds, and craziness. As I got down to the waterfront, I noticed it was not as crowded as it should have been for a performance that would be starting in just a few minutes. I sent a quick message to my friend, who told me she was behind the stage. But, there were no familiar faces back stage. After a few messages, we quickly realized I was at the wrong “main stage.” By the time I would get to where the performance was actually taking place, I would miss it. So, here I was in the middle of the crowd I said I wouldn’t be in, having traveled through the traffic I said I wouldn’t be part of, and still missed the reason I got out of bed!

Has this ever happened to you?

You’ve had the best of intentions, but ended up somewhere you were never meant to be? 

What about in life? Have you ended up at a “main stage” and looked around only to figure out this was not where you wanted your hard work to take you?

The good news is, we have the option of changing our direction and we don’t have to miss out on the plan God has for us. If you’re still breathing, there’s still Hope! And, aren’t we all thankful for that?!?

John 14:26 tells us the Holy Spirit is our helper that was sent from God.

The Holy Spirit is not only here to guide us, but to teach us and help us remember the plan God has for us. Too often we go the wrong way, but thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to help us get out of situations. Or, if we are going down the wrong path, God thankfully will offer us ways to redirect.

Are you at a place in your life right now, where you never intended to be? If so, change your direction.

How do we do this?

Seek God more. Pray for direction. Read His word.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Looking back I realized, if I had paid more attention to the direction of where I was going, I wouldn’t have ended up in the wrong place.

Our direction determines our destination, not our intention.

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