God has a perfect plan for you and me! I take great comfort in knowing God has a perfect plan for my life and the lives of my kids (even though they aren’t convinced yet). Even knowing this, I still try to micromanage sometimes. What can I say, I am human:)
Yesterday was a dreary day here in Hong Kong. I had to leave at 7am to take my daughter 1 hour to the China border to ride 2 horses. I was dreading it even though I could sit inside at watch her train these horses in the rain. It rained the entire way but as we got off the highway the rain stopped. AND it stopped the entire 3 hours she was training. When we left and got on the highway it began raining again and rained the rest of the day and night! The same thing happened to my son. He left at 7:30am in the pouring rain to go play golf, then had soccer training and didn’t get home until 7pm. As we talked over dinner and I told him my rain story, we was smiling and said the same thing happened to him on the golf course! The day seemed dreary at 7am, but God’s plan had us completely covered!
So why then do we always try to plan or work around God’s plan? Our mind is restless and our thoughts can easily wander away from God. SO EASILY!!! My other daughter tried to do this a few weeks ago with a much anticipated high school trip to Vietnam. It’s a long story, but needless to say after trying to skirt God’s plan once, the morning of our 5am wake up to go to the airport she had a fever again. So that meant no trip for her. She ended up being diagnosed with Mono! Clearly she couldn’t go to Vietnam, riding bikes and staying in a remote village with no car access with Mono! God’s plan is perfect! It doesn’t mean we always like the plan but had my daughter gone she could have endangered her life.
There are so many times in my day when I thank God for his perfect plan. Be open to God’s spirit controlling your mind! Here’s what you can do:
1. Listen to God continually–TRUST his plan for you
2. Keep your eyes on HIM–The journey may be hard at times, but God never sends us down a road without equipping us
3. Be still with God-HE is always with you and being still with him builds your trust in HIM
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace–Romans 8:6
Burrata, Grilled Plum, Parma Ham and Arugula Salad
The original recipe came from Food and Wine, but I changed it up a bit! Use whatever fruit is in season. If your fruit isn’t sweet, grill them a little first to get grill marks, then sprinkle some sugar in a pan and put fruit face down and heat gently until sugar melts. Don’t over cook fruit.
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
2-3 T sugar
3 yellow plums, cleaned, halved and pitted
3 red plums, cleaned, halved and pitted
10-15 red endive leaves, cleaned
15 slices parma ham, sliced thin
3 whole pieces Burrata, gently pulled apart into largish pieces
15 pieces arugula, cleaned
1/2 C olive oil
3 T lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Put balsamic vinegar in small pan and heat over moderate heat reducing to about 1/4 cup. Add sugar to taste. Can be made 2 days ahead
2. Preheat grill
3. Grill fruit to get grill marks. Grill time will depend on the ripeness of your fruit. My fruit was pretty hard so I grilled them for about 5-6 minutes. If fruit isn’t sweet then put some sugar in a pan, place fruit cut side down, and heat gently. Cool. I cut my fruit halves in half again. I was serving 14 people on a buffet and want the pieces smaller and easier to eat.
4. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl
5. Add cooled fruit, arugula, and endive to dressing and toss. Transfer to a cutting board
6. Top with Burrata and Parma ham
7. Drizzle with balsamic reduction