Many people have seen the movie, “The Bucket List,” in which two dying men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) create a list of things they want to do before they die. Ignoring their illnesses, together they abandon their hospital beds and set off to travel, engage in daring activities, and finally, face issues buried deeply in their hearts.
What “my life story” reveals, however, is a bucket list of experiences which only God could orchestrate, because I could not have imagined them on my own. Most of these unexpected experiences grew out of my work at World Vision International. All of them served to teach me about God, myself, and brothers and sisters from multiple cultures. Here are ten things I never expected I would do, in a period of time that I call my “graduate school of life”:
These “bucket list” experiences, coupled with others, fit together like beads on a necklace created especially for me to appreciate, as each shaped my spiritual growth and gave meaning to my life purpose. Although the design still isn’t perfectly clear to me, I can trust that one day all of the mysterious pieces and missing links will come together in God’s perfect timing. Consequently, I live with expectancy each day– seeking to notice what God is up to and respond to His plan for my participation in it.
Questions to Ponder:
“I have come that you might experience life…life in all of its fullness.” John 10: 10
“A woman may make her plans, but God will guide her steps.” Proverbs 16: 9
“O gracious God, we give you praise and thanks for having a plan for our lives which, in some cases, is far different from anything we can imagine. We feel blessed in knowing that YOU are ever present, guiding and directing our steps. We do not have to create a “bucket list” to experience life in all of its fullness. We only need to seek You, trust You, and follow Your lead. Help us to stay aware of what you are doing in and through our life experiences. We are grateful for your perfect plan which unfolds throughout our life stories. In Jesus’ name, we give you thanks. Amen.”