Years ago, we adopted the motto of “Semper Gumby” for our short-term ministry trips. It is the attitude of “Always Flexible” and refers to the mindset of holding your plans with an open palm and allowing God to rearrange your schedule as he deems necessary.
It is one thing to practice Semper Gumby on a ministry trip. It is quite another thing when you have to implement it in real life, and especially on vacation.
One year ago, Carol and I made reservations to spend five nights in a cabin in Yosemite National Park. We received an email this morning saying our reservations have been canceled. This was necessitated by the ongoing battle with the Ferguson Fire in northern California. The park was originally closed on July 25 and scheduled to reopen on July 29, then August 3. Now, they will reevaluate on August 5.
Semper Gumby! We now scramble to figure out plan “B.”
Philippians 4:11–13 – 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.