A Change of Plans
Have you ever made plans and then something happened and screwed it all up? That’s kind of how it went for me in writing this week’s newsletter. I had it all planned out, was ready to start writing, and then realized I did not have access to a computer. Oops…My plans had to change. So here I am typing the weekly newsletter with my two thumbs on my phone. The show must go on!
I don’t like when things stray from my plans, but truth is, if everything went how I planned, then life would be pretty boring.
When I look back on my life, it seems like the times I’ve grown the most in my faith have been the times when my plans had to change.
A few of the “change of plans” that come to mind in my life are my mom’s diagnosis with cancer, fertility issues, the adoption of our boys, becoming a pastor at Hope, and having to type a newsletter with my thumbs, just to name a few. Can you think back on a time when your plans got tossed aside?
For me, a change of plans usually becomes a test of faith, and according to Scripture, a test of faith means we have an opportunity to grow.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
A “change of plans” generally creates anxiety and frustration, but maybe we should look at our change of plans as an invitation from the Heavenly Father to grow closer to Him.
When our plans change, when a prayer goes unanswered, when we are tested, perhaps these things happen because the Heavenly Father loves seeing us grow. Ultimately, what would you rather see happen: your plans coming to fruition, or you growing closer to Jesus?
I think it’s smart and wise to make plans, but it also seems that the Father wants us to hold our plans loosely. The next time your plans are foiled, don’t get frustrated but instead persevere. The Heavenly Father might just be doing a good work in your life that helps you become more “mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
It’s time for me to give my thumbs a rest.