Plan B

I know I just talked about Easter and the beauty of it, but I’ve had a lot on my heart this week as we acknowledge today.

“This was God’s plan which He had made long ago; He knew all this would happen.”

~Acts 2:23~

Nothing is a surprise to God. God knew that He was going to give His one and only Son for our sins. He knew what the outcome of that would be. He knew that not everyone was going to be on board with it. He knew Adam and Eve were going to sin in the Garden of Eden. So, He also knows what the outcomes of our lives are going to be as well. When we don’t get that job we’ve been waiting for. When that relationship fizzles to dust. He hears our prayers, always. But, sometimes, he lets things come into our lives as part of His greater plan. A lot of times we pray, trying to avoid tragedy; death, breakup, pain…He sees tragedy and often allows that as the very breakthrough we’ve been needing all along. Not because He wants it to cause us pain, but because it allows us to move to something better.

That blows my mind. He knows the tiniest details of our lives; the number of hairs on our heads, how many tears we’ve cried and how we will take our last breaths.

It’s funny to me that we pray a lot of things and hope for a lot of things in Jesus’ name, not even realizing what’s going on behind-the-scenes. God hears what we cry out to Him for, but He also reads between the lines and knows the deepest desires of our hearts. What seems impossible in our eyes is a piece of cake to the Creator of the Universe. He can help us get across the sea where there doesn’t seem to be land on the other side.

I’ve been reading “Plan B” by Pastor Pete Wilson lately.

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It’s a book that I had started awhile back, but put down on account that I just wasn’t relating quite at the time (or at least that’s what I assume the reason was looking back). Now that I’m starting to see certain plans fall through, I’m needing the words of wisdom in there more than ever. As my life has taken a few twists and turns in recent months, I’ve been kicked once again to remember that I am not in control. Plans and dreams that I’d for my life haven’t happened just yet and there have been seasons of waiting. But, even though I haven’t seen those come to pass, I know God has a plan for me, and even though right now it doesn’t look like I thought it would, it’s still a good life. Wilson backs up his points with plenty of modern day and Biblical stories for how God has remained faithful even in the brokenness of our lives. I find myself constantly highlighting key phrases and chunks of paragraphs, because it’s all SO GOOD. God is in this thing with us NO MATTER WHAT. When we feel He isn’t, it’s because we’ve drifted away. So, if you’re finding yourself with some big decisions or your life isn’t matching up to the vision board you’ve been planning on, this is the book for you. And if you’ve just been debating on buying it anyway…DO IT! Even if you haven’t gone through a “plan B” season, eventually you will and there are many practical points that you can apply to your life once you get there. You’re not alone in this.

That’s all for now,

Shelby ❤

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