This past Monday I was excited about my “six week plan”. I had trips scheduled, speeches to make, workshops to conduct.  It was going to be a very intense, but very enjoyable period.  That was my plan.

I decided to get some exercise Monday AM by cutting down a dead tree on the ranch with my son-in-law David.  We had notched the tree to ensure it fell the direction we wanted it to, and I was making the final cut when the tree fell straight down…onto my left foot.  The bones were severely fractured and the ankle was dislocated.  Emergency surgery by a wonderful orthopedic surgeon (Dr Eric Grenier) and my foot was put back together. Now, for the next six weeks, I have to keep my foot elevated and not put any pressure on it.  This was God’s plan.  No trips, no speeches, no workshops.

Woody Allen says ” If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” God reminds us in James 4:15 that we ought to say “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that”.   I was wrong.  I got so excited about all the great things that I was planning to do in 2019 that I forgot to ask God what He wanted me to do.  This injury is a painful reminder of the importance of putting God, and His Plan, first.  Please learn from my mistake.