It’s almost three months since we arrived in New Zealand. Our grand plans to tour the North Island have been deferred in favour of waiting to see the next steps on path that is laid out before us. So although we lack direction, we’re still moving forward — one day at a time.

David with Delaney and Brioni on his back, May 2011

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path is how one Psalmist records his own journey in pursing righteousness. We find our lives unfolding in much the same way. We don’t experience a wide beam of light illuminating the road ahead, instead, we travel with the small light of a head torch — we have enough light to see the footpath in front of us, but we don’t know what awaits further down the track.

Last year was very different for us. We had direction. We had purpose. We knew what we wanted and set our lives to achieve those goals. Thankfully, the Father’s will is always done, so we didn’t get our own way.

Our own stubbornness led to frustration as we put our lives on hold. We had our end goal in mind, and those things that took us off the path of that goal were considered distractions.

Now — in humility borne from experience — we set our own plans aside in favour of embracing the direction Father has set out for us. When people ask what our plans are, we answer, “We don’t have any.”

When we started travelling around, we started receiving directions and recommendations from people — “You have to go there” or “You need to meet So and So”. These have led us from person to person, from place to place. We have met many fascinating people and seen beautiful parts of New Zealand — some that are completely off the tourist circuit!

For the next week or so, we’re staying at La Hacienda. We only stopped in to say hello to Johnny and to enquire about any mail, and he invited us to spend the night. After we stayed one night, he asked us if we’d like to stay in his house while he travelled to Auckland.

Could we have planned such a beautiful house-sitting arrangement, just as the weather turns a bit rainy and we need somewhere to wash clothes and run around? There’s no way! But we’re thankful that our Father has everything already worked out in advance.

Sure, we’re lacking direction. But we’re smack on target — seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.