A Change of Plans…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂

Inspiration this week comes from Paul’s letter to the Galatians 6: 9-10

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially those in the family of faith.”

Our family had a change of plans this week. Saturday morning, we set out for Colorado to visit family. We hadn’t gotten very far down the road when Megan got a text from one of her pole vault coaches letting her know that someone whom she pole vaulted with had tested positive for COVID-19. The privilege of vaulting during the month of July has truly blessed Meg. Due to the cancellation of the track season, it had been almost a year since she had the chance to vault. We live in “small town” America where sports generally still have seasons, and many athletes participate in 3-4 different sports per year. For Meg, spring was for track – and this year, track essentially didn’t happen. It’s a little bit unnerving to set off to compete in college in an event that you haven’t been able to practice for a year, so being able to vault this summer was a beautiful gift 🙂

A series of phone calls after Meg received the text led us to the decision to abort the family vacation and return home. We were gone a grand total of 4 and 1/2 hours, and waved at the Colorado border as we turned back around to come home to Cozad. By later in the afternoon, Megan had received a request by the local health department to quarantine in an attempt to limit possible spread in our county. While Meg did not show any signs of disease, she had come in contact with someone who expressed symptoms and tested positive.

Quarantining on the farm really isn’t much of a big deal. We’ve got lots of space and enough chores to keep a person busy. The big “gut check” came from the realization that Meg would still be in quarantine during her high school graduation set for August 1st. After multiple conversations with our local medical staff, we were told that testing a young, healthy, symptom-free 18 year old held little validity so she did not have the option of “testing out of quarantine”.

Graduation will go on without Meg on Saturday and her valedictorian speech delivered via video. It’s a goofy way to finish a goofy year, but we feel that this is the appropriate decision. Not just because it follows what the medical community is asking us to do, but because God has placed peace on our hearts that it is the right thing to do.

During swim team this summer, we talked quite a bit about God’s call to be “humble”. I believe that humility is not thinking less of yourself but rather thinking MORE OF OTHERS. It is looking outside of yourself to notice and act on the needs of others. Quite simply, it is the act of serving – of having a more “Jesus perspective” – of working to create goodness by blessing others. Humility is a gift of the Spirit with which Megan is fully blessed. I believe that it is something that God specifically gave to her, and that He continues to shape within her. Megan naturally thinks of others and places their needs ahead of her own. As promised in the Bible, Jesus continues to place his peace and strength in her heart to fuel her on that journey.

I think that this is one of those times when God is using Megan to make a difference. We may never know what the difference is, and that is okay. It may be keeping someone else safe and healthy, it may be protecting Meg as she prepares to head off to college, or it may simply be that Jesus’ light will shine brighter as she gets to practice the art of being humble one last time as a Senior at Cozad High School. No matter what it is, I know that Megan is blessed. Our family is blessed. And, we are grateful to get to serve such an awesome God. Our hearts are filled with the hope that comes from the knowledge that we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!

We would like to ask for your prayers over the next few weeks. Prayers for continued peace and good health as we travel this journey. Thank you all for loving us and being a part of our faith family 🙂

May God’s grace and peace fill your hearts!



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8 responses to “A Change of Plans…

  1. Pastor Becky

    Anne, what a difficult and humble decision you all have made. May it be that you all remain healthy and content. Blessings to each of you!

  2. Roger Hunt

    Prayers and blessings to you all with special attention to Megan. Your goodness and care for others is an inspiration! You are a special child of God !! ❤🙏

    • Thank you, Roger 😊Sending our best from Cozad to Iowa today and everyday! Meg is still doing just fine and we are “packing our faith” knowing that God is holding her as well as our family ❤️🌈

      Take care,

  3. Dawn Craumer

    I would love for you to share her valedictorian speech with us, if she is so inclined. I’m betting it will be an inspiration to all.

    • Hi Dawn! Her speech was actually taped right after school got out in case of logistical problems due to COVID. I don’t know if they’ll make the video public or not, but it is a speech written last May and delivered to a basically empty auditorium the beginning of June 😊If nothing else, it gave Meg a glimpse into what our Pastors experienced when they taped their sermons this spring/early summer ❤️

      Good to hear from you!
      Take care,

  4. Bruce Fjellman

    We will pray for y’all that you experience the abundance and peace of God’s grace in the coming days and weeks. Megan shows character and humility as she faces quarantine and the disappointment of not participating in the graduation ceremony. Thank you for this inspiring testimony.

    • Thank you, Bruce for all of your prayers and words of encouragement 😊We truly appreciate your support! She has 1 more week of quarantine, and we are keeping busy with farm chores as well as some house chores. Meg is making me a “barn quilt” to hang by our front door right now which will bless me tremendously ❤️🌈

      Take care and thank you so much for the prayers,

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