Sunday, February 2, 2014

v42 Something Concrete

"So, I want you to come over here on this side, and I'll be on the other side, and we need to just lift it up," Ryan said to me, pointing to the ginormous slab of concrete he had just cut out perfectly on our patio.

I must have looked at him like he was crazy because he repeated himself.

So, I humored him. We counted down from three...

3...2...1... LIFT!

I tried to lift it with all my strength and NOTHING happened, at all.

He said I wasn't trying hard enough.

That's when I knew he was crazy!

Later that day, we were laughing about it in our kitchen, when his brother told us something that size probably weighed over 1,000 pounds. The concrete calculator told me it weighed approximately 1,666 pounds!  The devil really is in the details.

After Ryan used a bit of Science (i.e. a lever) and eventually got the concrete piece where he wanted it, he told me his plans. He was going to lift the concrete, run some pipes under the patio, and put the piece of concrete back.

It all sounded so simple.

But the reality of his plans were foiled in the first attempt to lift the piece of concrete by hand. And his plans went further downhill as he tried to do everything in his own strength without first consulting God or others.

Yes, he was able to get the concrete out of the space, and lift it, just like he wanted to, in order to complete his sprinkler project. But it wasn't possible or profitable to put that piece of concrete back.

He had to become more flexible with his plans. The Bible says, "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

So true.


Ryan's Cancer journey has been a lot like that concrete project. Early on, it required a change in plans. It was (and continues to be) too big to fight alone. We have prayed more than we ever had to before, and have had to learn to be more flexible in everything.

And I mean everything.

Yes, the first years of our marriage went according to "plan," but then life unfolded so much differently than either Ryan or I imagined when we got married 10 years ago. In spite of Ryan's Cancer, we have had multiple victories, fulfilled many of our plans and continue to dream dreams for the future.

Besides, we know that God's Got This!

2010 - Moved the concrete slab -- Victory smile!