We Always Choose

Written by on August 15, 2019

You know that feeling you get when you are really looking forward to something? You anticipate it all week, plan for it, think about it, tell people about it. As it gets closer, you start to get excited, you start to count the days and then the hours until finally the time arrives.

Do you also know the feeling when it isn’t what you expected? When you have planned for something all week and the kids get sick and you can’t go, or the weather comes over stormy and you have planned an outdoor picnic and suddenly all the plans have to change?

This happened to us in Tasmania. We had planned to drive up to Cradle Mountain and walk around Dove Lake. We had been looking forward to it all week, Cradle Mountain is a dream location for me and I literally couldn’t wait. I counted down the days and I was so incredibly excited. 

When the day came, we heard that there was snow at 500 metres.  Initially this added to the anticipation and the excitement because snow!!  We piled in the car and took off. As we headed up the mountain the snow was thick and fast, the road was covered and it was blowing in at the car.

We got up the road a little further and it became apparent that the snow while exciting was also about to derail our plans. The road was blocked due to a couple of cars that had become stuck and we were unable to proceed further up to Cradle Mountain. 

We Had To Choose

Right there and then in that moment, we all had a choice. It was up to us to choose if we were going to wallow in the disappointment, refuse to adjust and then have a miserable day. All of is had to decide if we were going to make the most of the moment anyway even though it wasn’t turning out the way we thought.

We went back down then road a little, turned around and got out of the car on the side of the road and had a ball. We threw snowballs, built snowmen, ate snow, made snow angels. I took photos, hung out with the family, watched the kids play, drank hot tea and just generally enjoyed the moment.

A Plan Change Doesn’t Have to Mean Disaster

We never did get to Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. The day wasn’t the day we planned, it wasn’t the day I had been anticipating all week. I can honestly say that it was still an amazing day. It was an amazing day because we chose. We chose to experience the disappointment but not camp there. We chose to enjoy the adventure that was thrown at us.

Do We Give God Access In Disappointment? Or Block Him Out?

I am not naive enough to think that a day trip to Cradle Mountain is the same as some of the crushing life circumstances that can cause disappointment in our daily lives. Ultimately though it comes down to choice. There are many things that have shaped my life, from serious medical issues to divorce and infertility.

I make the choice how they shape it.  How I react to the disappointments in my life is my choice. I choose if I allow God to work in the midst of the pain, or if I block him out of it. Ultimately it is up to me if I become bitter and hardened, or healed and whole. I may have some scars that tell my story but I am still whole. God is waiting there for us to choose him. He is waiting to walk with us through the situations that cause us pain. Our attitudes and perspectives can make so much difference in a hard time. But we do need to choose. 

A Winter Wonderland in Tasmania

Lorrene McClymont is an Author and Photographer based in South Australia. She writes faith based blogs under the Essential Hope Banner. All images can be purchased through the Hope Images website

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