by Lori Vober
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV
My dad was a businessman, and I wanted a career in a corporate setting like his from an early age. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in business administration, my first job was in marketing with the petroleum industry in Oklahoma. Because I was so career focused, I was promoted six months later and transferred to the very cold state of Minnesota. It was January 1997, and I had never seen that much snow, never mind drive or live in it!
I grew up attending church as a child, but we moved every few years with my dad’s career. In my senior year in high school, my friend invited me to her church. It was the first time I heard a message on having a personal relationship with God. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior that summer and was baptized. Once I was on my own, I knew church was my best source for friends, and that is where I met my husband, Dainis. I didn’t know it at the time, but God had moved me there to meet the godly man He planned for me to marry.
Dainis’ mom had recently passed away from hormonal cancer, which she had battled for sixteen years. We didn’t know it then, but one day I would have my own medical challenges and need a mate that understood what it meant to take care of a wife in those circumstances. After we were married, I continued my corporate career.
We had a wonderful first few years of marriage, traveling quite a bit and practicing parenting skills with our new puppy. Unfortunately, we were having difficulty starting our family. I made the decision to change careers and began to work as the office manager at our church. We were hopeful that less stress and travel would help our family planning.
I now know that job change was God’s way of protecting me, and I believe it saved my life. Three weeks later, I suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke caused by a malformation of blood vessels on the right side of my brain. I was rushed to the hospital, underwent emergency brain surgery was kept in a drug induced coma for seventeen days. I awoke having lost the use of my left side. I had a second ten-hour brain surgery to remove the malformation, and then my world of rehabilitation began.
Soon after I was discharged, my husband lost his job, and we moved to Arizona. Life was a combination of seizure management and rehab for many years. In 2011, we decided to start our family through adoption. We adopted a sibling group of three children from Colombia, South America.
Over the years, God has taught us the importance of keeping our focus on His plans and purpose for us. Without that, we could miss some amazing opportunities. Proverbs 19:21 NIV says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” We all have our tentative plans mapped out for our life, but God has the bigger picture.
It is His mission and purpose that can make all the difference.
About the author: Lori Vober suffered an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke at age twenty-nine, and then developed epilepsy due to the stroke. She is a walking miracle, and felt called to share her story and journey of faith and perseverance to encourage others. Lori believes God has a plan for each of us, but life is about our choices! Even with her difficulties, she was able to become an adoptive Mom of a sibling group of three.
Lori’s first book will release on March 11, titled CHOICES: When You Are Faced with a Challenge, What Choice Will You Make? Life rarely turns out exactly as you pictured it, and we all face challenges along the way. God always has a plan. But He leaves it up to you whether you follow His plan or not. Life is about choices.
Join the conversation: Do you remember a time God moved you differently than what you had planned? How did that turn out? Can you see the wisdom in his plan now?