God’s Plan

Autumn Cutting & Sarah Cannon

When I was ten, my family moved from upstate New York to northeast Oregon. I loved New York. It was mountainous; the leaves changed colors in the fall; snow fell in the winter. I had good friends and a best friend there — friends that I left behind. We moved to windy, dusty, hot, eastern Oregon, where everything was brown and I had no friends. I was angry and upset, and I missed my home.

I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
Jeremiah 32:41 (NIV)

Only one thing sustained me. I reminded myself: God put me here for a reason. I may not know what God wants me to accomplish, but this is part of God’s plan for my life.

I’ve grown, changed, met new people, and had experiences that I wouldn’t have had in New York. Even the negative experiences have taught me something about myself and my faith. Six years later, I’m even more sure that my moving to Oregon was part of God’s plan for me.

—Autumn Cutting, 17

The Realization

Just when I’m finally setting down roots,
God comes and transfers me
to another pot of people.
“Why must I go through this pain?” I ask,
only to realize
that sometimes we must be moved
in order to grow.

—Sarah Cannon, 17

—from Devo'Zine (July/August 2002). Copyright © 2002 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.
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