Life isn’t going according to Plan A? Don’t worry, we have the rest of the alphabet…

Ahh! A smile plastered across my face as my giggling son runs after a ball while playing football in our backyard with my knight in shining armour. Such a lovely and simple way to spend my 29th birthday!

Who am I kidding?… Fast-forwarding to 2 years later, I’m still waiting in my imaginary house for this to happen. Reality check… I don’t own my own home. I don’t have a child. I don’t have a husband. In fact, I’m single! At the moment, there’s no evidence of this happening anytime soon. Since my 29th birthday, I had to resort to plan B then plan C, D, E… Now, I’ve actually lost track, maybe I’m on Plan F or Z. 

Perhaps, at present, your life isn’t going according to your schedule. Maybe you lost your job or didn’t get accepted into the college of your choice. Maybe you’re struggling with your health or dealing with family issues. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one or going through a tough break-up. Whatever the situation may be, I’m sure it was not part of your grand plan. It just happened. Or in some circumstances, it didn’t happen. 

Now it would be dismissive of me to say that sometimes I don’t feel disappointed and discouraged. And whenever this happens, I might complain to a friend about it or mope around all day. Sometimes I even attempt to take matters into my own hands, which often lead to more disappointments.

But, at times, I actually do the right thing! Which is, I go to God.

Now, let’s go to the Bible to see who else experienced an interrupted life plan.

First up is Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who suffered from infertility (barrenness). I’m sure her dream was not to wait until she was 91 years old to conceive. Genesis 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her. And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal.” Like many of us, Sarah got tired of waiting on God and took matters in her hands. She doubted that God would come through for her. And this lead from one problem to the next. 

Even though God’s promise for them to have a son was most clear, she still doubted. In fact, she even laughed at the thought (Genesis 18: 10-15). She didn’t think it was possible to have a child in her old age. Perhaps in this tough economic time, you’re thinking it’s impossible to get a job or successfully launch that business. Or in my case, meeting the guy that I’m willing to do life with. We need to remember there’s nothing too hard for God to do. Don’t doubt but have faith and believe. If God came through for Sarah, then He can come through for you. It would happen in His perfect timing.

Participant number 2!! Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites by his brother and was then taken to Egypt (Genesis 37:28). I’m sure this was an unplanned event for Joseph. Who would choose to be hated by their siblings and to be trafficked to strangers as Plan A for their life?

How Joseph and his brothers may have been…

Despite this, Joseph was extremely blessed. The Lord was with him every step of the way, and he succeeded in everything he did. Little did Joseph know that the unexpected turn of events in his life would lead to the fulfilment of the dream he had as a young boy. Even though it may have looked like the end of his hopes and dreams when he was sold to the Ishmaelites, God had great plans. Things turned out pretty good for Joseph and his family, and even Potipher benefitted from it. 

This is an encouragement that we should trust God and go through the process even though it might be tough. He has great plans for us and would do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can think or imagine.

Next up, making a brief appearance is Job! Job had an amazing life. He had his wife, children, was wealthy and lived a life pleasing to God. He basically had the life we are all working towards. But then he suddenly lost almost everything in a short space of time. Now that’s tough. He said the thing that he greatly feared has come upon him (Job 3: 25-26). In all of this, he had many questions for God. He didn’t curse God but questioned Him. 

In the end, we’ll read that God restored him twice as much (Job 42: 10-17). As we go through our time of uncertainty, let us hold on to God and trust that he’ll restore and come through for us.

There are so many more examples in the bible where things didn’t go according to plan A, but God interrupted, and things went according to plan J. Plan Jesus! Let’s not lose hope but live in the present and look forward to the awesome things God has in store for us. His timing is perfect! His timing is everything!

By Dinique

I love to laugh and tend to see the humour in a lot of things. Some of my interests include travelling, photography, music, baking, health and many others. I just want to share my life’s experience with you and hope you can find some encouragement in my writing...

16 comments

  1. Sometimes we get so caught up in our plan A that we forget God is the creator of all plans. Thanks for the gentle reminder. God bless you and thank you for sharing🙏

  2. This was so needed at this point of my life. This reminder will do me good. Your blog is amazing. Keep up the good job!

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