Danielle McGrath and Stephen Carr

Competing in a winter sport in a summer sport country and the high expense involved, we always commit and put our trust in the Lord, not only to provide, but to guide. We plan our overseas training competitions and world championships, but our plans are always changing because of circumstances that we have no control over. Even if we do not like the final plan, we know there is a purpose and reason. Also, a great promise is found in Philippians 4:13, "Christ gives me the strength to face anything."

In 1998, we both felt we needed to train again with the best figure skaters in the former Soviet Union. We had previously trained there in 1983, 1984 and 1985. We had missed out on the 1988 Olympic Team and were determined not to miss the next Olympics in Albertville, France. We planned to train for a month in St. Petersburg, travel to Detroit, then do more training in Canada before the World Championships. After our flights were booked, our Soviet visas were cut short with no explanation given. We were given no time to debate it with the Soviet Consulate, so we had to have our tickets changed. More than once we debated whether or not to try and change our flight to the original booking.

We decided to leave everything how it was and spend more time in Detroit. One week after arriving in Detroit, we saw the horrible news. The flight we were originally booked on, Pan Am flight 103, had exploded in mid-air over Lockerbie, Scotland.

We can never expect to understand the mystery of God's plan, but we ended up being thankful to Him that our Soviet visas were cut short and that we had to change our flight plans.

Someone said that what we see is like a small section on the back of an unfinished tapestry. All we see are knots, bits of string, holes and a confusion of color. It's only God who can see the true beauty of His work in full from the right side.

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