What do you do when things you have planned are altered by God and His plans? What do you do when you know that God is the blessed controller of all things and there is nothing you can do? My walk with Christ is many times going from plan “A” to plan “B”. When plans are changed beyond my control my emotions initially are ones of disappointment, sometimes dismay, hurt, anger and wanting things to be different. Many times I have to stop and ask the Lord to change my attitude and to accept what is before me. I find that when I resolve to plan “B”, God is faithful and begins to give me a resolve in the situation and many times He gives creativity in dealing with the situation. He blesses far above all that I can ask or think!
On Tuesday I had planned a summer event for women in my home. The first part of the event would be prayer renewal and the second part would be adult coloring and that’s why it was called “Color, Chat and Chew”. The plan was to have prayer stations in the garden where women would be able to spend time connecting with the Lord through His Word. In the past I love seeing women sitting in the different parts of the garden contemplating, reflecting, reading, and journaling. We have done a variety of themes in the garden and all focusing on connecting with Jesus.
However, when checking the weather forecast a few days prior to Tuesday, it was not going to be a nice sunny day. The days surrounding Tuesday looked promising but not Tuesday…100% chance of rain. I was disappointed because my husband, Doug and I have been working for several days getting the yard ready. However, here in Oregon…say no more! So, plan “B” went into effect. I decided to take a picture of the garden to share with the women who came. I thought that was creative! I wanted to challenge the women and myself to memorize and meditate Psalms 1: 1-6 for the summer.
I have a fountain in my garden and though it is not streams of water, the example of refreshment is there. When we purpose to be led by the Lord Jesus Christ and to meditate on His Word day and night, we will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water (large fountain)…whatever he/she does he/she prospers. The enemy is very clever in the ways he can distract us from our intimacy with Christ. When we have to change from Plan “A” to Plan “B” it may seem that God does not care about us or about the things we have planned. However, the truth is that He is in control and will never leave us but will be with us in the Plan “B”.
There were 29 women that participated in the Plan “B” event on Tuesday and everyone enjoyed seeing the garden because God provided times between showers. We were able to challenge ourselves to memorize and meditate on Psalms 1:1-6. We were able to color together and enjoy one another through fellowship.
Whatever situation you are dealing with today, the Lord is with you and will be with you whether it is your Plan “A” or Plan “B”. He desires for us to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us.