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My Plan B

Yesterday, I made mention of the fact that the snow really did a number on the plans of many people.  You can read that post here.

But I found it interesting that today – a day that is just as icy and plan altering as yesterday – I got to the office and began to go through email and ran across a blog post by @MichaelHyatt he titled, Embracing Plan B.  (You can read it in full here).

In his post, he made the same point that I made yesterday – that we can’t control the world and sometimes our plans get changed.  A simple reminder that as badly as we would like to think we are – we are not really in control.

But the statement that caused me to sit back in my chair was this – “Over the years, I have learned that my Plan B is often God’s Plan A.”

Have you ever found that to be true in your life?  After you live through something that did not fit your plan, have you ever reached the conclusion that everything worked out just as it should have?  I am reminded that regardless of how thoroughly I plan something, it might just be that what I allow as a back-up plan, might just be how God planned it all along.

So today, as your day progresses – just remember that God has a plan and it is Plan A.  There is no Plan B with God.

There is hope and rest to be found in knowing that even when my plans don’t come about just as I expect, it will be OK.

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This morning, we awoke to snow on the ground.  I immediately turned on the TV to check school closings and delays.  I also wanted to see what the roads were like in our region.  I was planning on attending a workshop in Plainview today which is over any hour drive on clear roads.

So I was interested to see what I should expect.  It became apparent rather quickly that the winter weather hit harder north of us than it did at home.  Before leaving the house, I called the gentleman responsible for the workshop today and he informed me that the event had been postponed for a week due to weather.

I have to admit, with all I need to get done today, I was a bit relieved.  So I headed to the office.  As I drove, I noticed a huge difference in the amount of traffic on the road.  Most people were still at home.  Schools are starting later than normal to try and alleviate some of the traffic that is typical around 8:00 am.  Some businesses decided to open later as well.

As I have reflected on this morning, I have had to smile a bit.  Isn’t it amusing that in a world so developed with technological advances in transportation, weather forecasting and the like, a little snow still alters our entire existence.

Maybe we aren’t all that after all?!

God is still on the throne – and like it or not – we aren’t!

Just a thought.

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Paradox of a Sunrise

 

This morning I opened the garage door and as I was loading my computer in the car, I noticed that there was an amazing orange glow reflecting on the houses outside.  I knew it was going to be a glorious short commute this morning as I had the opportunity to watch the sun come up.  So I rushed back in to grab my coffee and tell everyone good-bye.

As I backed out of the garage and headed down the street, I was humbled by the sight of the sun beginning to peak over the horizon and the light reflect off the wispy, cotton-like clouds.  As I drove, I kept one eye on the road and one on the sunrise (well, maybe not literally).

It was a beautiful sight and I saw God at work in the scene.  As I reflected on this experience during my drive, it dawned on me that the sun comes up every day but it is not always as meaningful as it was today – the clouds, the visibility – all those things combined to make a fresh picture.  It happens everyday but it is fresh everyday.

Isn’t our Father like that?  A divine paradox.  God is unchanging but new every, single day!

Aren’t you glad?!

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