Disrupted Plans Don’t Surprise God

Three months ago, Shelly started planning a summer vacation for her family. Her husband asked off from work, and since Shelly was the organized one of the family, she got her pen out and began planning and coordinating the family’s adventure. She wanted to ensure everyone had the proper attire, sunscreen, snacks …everything. 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

─ Matthew 6:26 ESV

Naturally, Shelly’s list began to grow as she and her husband discussed and dreamed about their upcoming getaway. As the first month passed, they marked several items off the to-do list, and the second month seemed to fly by with many more things checked off their list. 

Before they knew it, they were one day from departure with practically all the items checked off, suitcases packed and airline boarding positions reserved. 

But the night before their early morning departure, Shelly received a call from her mother. Choking back tears over the phone, her mother explained her dad suffered a massive heart attack and they were at the hospital. Doctors had given a plan of action without promise.  

Even when your plans are disrupted, and you enter a moment uncontrolled by you, God is still sovereign.

Shelly’s story may seem all too familiar. The excitement of planning a trip with her family, getting things organized and having delightful conversations about what they would see and do together as they vacationed. Likely, you have coordinated an event only for something to disrupt your plans. It’s not anything you did wrong. Life just happened, and you became the recipient of needing to adjust. 

God loves you and your disrupted plans are no surprise to Him. You can rely on Him to work out the grandest of plans and prioritize events. Your step of faith in trusting Him is the best item on your to-do list. He recognizes the love you have for others and knows your needs. You are valuable.  

Today’s One Thing

Not if, but when your plans are disrupted, place your faith in the Lord and trust Him.

Go Deeper 

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