Proverbs 16:6 NLT
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For years we have treated ourselves to a big breakfast on Saturday mornings. Because our schedules are so different during the weekdays, everyone is on their own for breakfast. For that reason, we look forward to sitting down together to break a little bread and catch up on Saturday mornings.
Last Friday night my husband decided that he would cook the sausage for breakfast the night before. This was so I wouldn’t have so much to do on Saturday morning. The next morning as I was removing the bowl with the turkey sausage in it from the refrigerator, I accidentally dropped the bowl onto the floor. The sausage went everywhere! I stood there in shock and I just wanted to cry. I was not feeling well that morning, and this did not help the situation at all. I was mad, sad, frustrated, upset, and whatever else you can think of. I had to stop everything and clean up the mess that was on my kitchen floor before I could go a bit farther preparing our breakfast.
I came to the conclusion that our breakfast that Saturday morning, would have to be cereal and fruit. It was not what was planned, but it would have to do. So I started to prepare our fruit. As I was peeling an orange, can you believe that half of the orange fell onto the floor? Seriously, by this time I just wanted to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head.
After breakfast, I replayed in my head all that had happened that Saturday morning. I was just trying to figure out how my day got off to such a crazy start. It dawned on me, that what had happened that morning in my kitchen, was the perfect metaphor for life. I say that because, as we go through our lives from day to day we have things that we want to do, and places that we want to go all planned out. We even have what we want to eat all planned out. When life unexpectedly takes a turn, it leaves us shocked and wondering why things didn’t go as we had planned. Most of us love being in control, so when our plans are altered, it really throws us off.
What we must remember, is that God has a greater plan for our lives than we could ever imagine. In order for those plans to come to fruition, sometimes our plans have to be aborted, which may change the whole trajectory of our
life. It is God’s way of pointing us in the direction that He would desire for us to go. This is when we have to remember that we are not running anything, God and God alone is in control of our lives. And yes, it took me dropping sausage and half an orange on my kitchen floor to be reminded one more time, that the best of my plans will be altered from time to time, and I need to relax and be ok with it when it happens. No matter what, hinges will work out as they always do. Will you choose to trust God’s best plan for your life?
When Things Don’t Go As Planned Remember:
1. God is still in control.
2. Pray for wisdom and guidance.
2. Trust. This is when you have to be prepared to trust God’s will for your life, even when it may not make sense to you at the time.
3. Remain open to change. Stay flexible.
4. it’s not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us that matters.