April 8, 2018

Jeremiah 29:11

John Adair, 6th grade Bible Study Leader

While growing up, my time was pretty evenly split between urban and rural environments. My father’s parents, who were a significant influence on my accepting Christ and being baptized when I was seventeen years old, owned a farm in East Texas. I really enjoyed the work and other available activities associated with “living out in the country.” I liked it so much that after graduation from Lewisville High School, I enrolled in East Texas State with the goal of obtaining a degree in agriculture. For approximately a year, I attended college, worked on the family farm, and worked for Cooper’s Quarter Horses in Campbell, TX training and working roping horses. During this period, I also met Kerrie Paige Jewell, the person who was soon to become my wife. Everything seemed to be going great. But God had a different plan.

After only one year in college, I found myself enlisted in the United States Air Force and on my way to Lackland Air Base in San Antonio for basic training. After completing basic training, I went to Wichita Falls for my initial phase of aircraft maintenance training. My wife and I were married, and then we were off to Little Rock Air Force Base located in Jacksonville, AR for my first assignment. Everything seemed to be going great. But God had a different plan.

During my second enlistment, after completing various tours of duty in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, my wife and I decided to move back to North Texas. After returning, I completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Texas and began a new career. Everything seemed to be going great. But God had a different plan.

After working approximately 20 years for the same organization, a number of my coworkers and I found ourselves “in transition.” While this period has been tough on my family and me, we have always believed God has a plan. Although challenging, this period has allowed me to grow significantly in my relationship with God and has provided me with opportunities to serve others that I would have never had otherwise.

The point is, many things are going to happen in your life—some good, some not so good, and some that may seem unbearably tough. Trust me when I say that I have experienced all three. My advice for the good times is to always remember to praise God and give Him the glory for the good in your life. For the other times, seek the guidance and support of fellow Christians, spend extra time each day reading the Bible and praying. Serve and show kindness to others as often as you can, and always, always remember God has a plan.