I was looking at some pictures from a trip to Arizona a friend had recently took; and as I was scrolling through them, I briefly thought,
It wasn’t a “what if” that makes you long for the past or wish things would have turned out different, it was just a simple-let-my-mind-wander-to-the-scenario of, “what if“.
Growing up in Michigan, I always aspired to go somewhere warmer. I knew I didn’t want to stay in Michigan for college, so I began looking at possibilites. I chose Arizona State University.
While I was there, I honestly thought I would spend the rest of my life in Scottsdale. Get married. Have a cute little family. Live in North Scottsdale in the school district where I was teaching.
But God had other plans. BIGGER plans. BETTER plans.
My “what if” scenario looked very different than what my real life has become…and I honestly couldn’t even imagine my life if my “what if” had turned out to have been my “what is“.
No, I’m not married. No, I don’t have a cute little family. No, I’m not teaching anymore.
BUT, I have Brasil. I have Africa. I have Israel. I have all the people in my life that I would have never known and loved had I never left Scottsdale.
And in a strange way, I DID end up living in the desert…. just on the other side of the world.