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Thursday, February 9, 2012

When Plans Fall Apart


How do you respond when things don't go according to plan? I would like to think that the Lord has grown me in this area but I can assure you there is plenty of growing left to do.

Take this week for example, the last couple of days,  have not gone according to plan...not even a little bit. Sweet Lady had been having some testing done in preparation for a much anticipated appointment with her neurologist. The office had called us twice this week to emphasize how important it was for us to keep this appointment. (and to schedule yet one more test before the appointment) We were set, everything was ready to go.....then it wasn't.

Total change in plans, Sweet Lady was hospitalized, so missed the appointment, the doctor she was to see doesn't have admitting privileges where she is at, all the tests to be redone, we are starting from scratch...including new doctor (one that does have admitting privileges at this hospital).... to say I was frustrated and discouraged was an understatement, then I read this today

"From our limited vantage point, our lives are marked by an endless series of contingencies. We frequently find ourselves instead of acting as we planned, reacting to an unexpected turn of events. We make plans but are often forced to change those plans. But there are no contingencies with God. Our unexpected forced change of plans is part of his plan. God is never surprised; never caught off guard; never frustrated by unexpected developments. God does as he pleases, and that which pleases Him is always for His glory and our good"....  Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

I have read this book before but I had decided to pick it up again last week...talk about timing...just what I needed when I needed it. Things are better, the frustration and discouragement are gone. God instead has given me peace.

8 comments:

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Amen...we are dealing with these issues with my mother-in-law, who is 96, but we are doing it long distance through the phone, and our hearts ache.

Our plans, vs- His plans...that was on my mind today, we need for my husband to work so we can eat, his mom needs to see him...so God we ask for your plans not ours.

Thanks for sharing...praying for you all right now.

LDH said...

Oh, wow ~ such a great outlook on all the occurred this week!

Creations By Cindy said...

Our plan and God's plan are different aren't they at times? I always realize and sometimes I am sorry to say that it is after the fact but I realize that HIS plans are the best! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sandy said...

God's plans are always to give us a hope and a future in Him whatever stage of life we or our loved ones are in. This is such a comfort.

Petra said...

I praise God for comforting you with His sovereign care. What an encouraging quote by Jerry Bridges! Praise God for good books. Love and grace!

Camille said...

How Wonderful our LORD truly is! May HE continually uphold you and give you HIS grace Maryann. Recently I have been so blessed by Isaiah 26:3-4...may the LORD use it to be a blessing to your heart as well.

Blessings,
Camille

Sassy Granny ... said...

It's a lifelong process, isn't it? Thank God for grace, and for His very presence. I can't help but think of a line from a Gaither song: "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow." So, so true!

Nancy said...

We are in a very similar situation with my mother in law who is 90 and we are having to make decisions long distance. Yes, it is very frustrating but accepting God's plan in all areas of our lives does bring peace just as you said.....

It looks like lots of us are the sandwich generation....sandwiched between kids and parents....Thank goodness for God's grace...