I could not decide on a title for this post; I even considered "The best laid plans of mice and men." Ultimately, all three pertain to this. Bear with me while I relate this little vignette.
Twenty-six years ago I began teaching English and would continue to teach that subject in grades sixth-AP English. About the same time I took the Praxis test in English, I decided to also take it in elementary education to "make myself more marketable." I had zero intention to teach elementary school. My personality would mesh more with older kids, and I certainly did not want to teach anything but ELA.. Fast forward to a month ago. The week after school was out for the summer, my principal called and told me she was moving me for this next year to the 3rd-5th grade Gifted and Talented pull-out position in the Lower Academy (My school is pre-k-8.).
I relate this because while I had other plans for my last two years prior to retirement, God had other plans. I never had any intention of teaching elementary, so He does have a sense of humor.
I know people who design their lives---where they will live and what tbey will do----and God has jerked them right back where He wants them.. It is a matter of who controls their lives: God or them?