In my previous devotional I wrote about our choices and that we have an opportunity every single day to choose how we are going to live our life. From spending our time on Facebook to getting that college assignment done that might be looming over our head, we always have a choice on how we are going to spend our time.
Today I want to talk about our plans for life. For me I’ve always been good at coming up with a “Plan A” but not so good at coming up with a “Plan B.” For me I don’t come up with a second plan until the first one doesn’t work, and I wonder if that’s what God does, too.
God had a “Plan A” and when that didn’t work He came up with a “Plan B.”
Plan A: To create the creation, put them in the garden, they are good. Give them free will and hope they choose the tree of life, and not the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and they choose to remain in His presence, close to God, for all eternity.
…and when that didn’t work out.
Plan B: To send His only Son down to earth as a baby. So that they may once again choose Him. Choose His forgiveness, His love, and His identity for their life. So that they may once again not be aware of their shame, their nakedness. So that they may be His for all eternity.
That’s it. There is no “Plan C” for God.
Only some people in my life know that I recently started college. It was a huge decision for me. Being a teen mom 18 years ago didn’t really allow me the opportunity to go to college. In fact, I didn’t want to go to college once I became a mom, I just wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. That was my plan. I am truly humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to be home with my three children for the past 18 years. I’m still grateful that I am able to go to college, be home for my kids when they get home from school, and still do what I love; WRITE!
But life hasn’t always gone according to plan for me. My “Plan A” did not include my husband getting diagnosed with a chronic illness. My plan didn’t include losing a church family that I was truly committed to, or experiencing some of the trauma that life has thrown our way this past year. Sometimes all it takes to throw a wrench in your “Plan A” is losing a friendship due to misunderstanding, it really doesn’t take a huge event to ruin our plans for life.
Sometimes your plans work out, and sometimes they don’t.
But Jesus reminds me that just because “Plan A” for my life doesn’t work out that there is always room for a “Plan B.”
What would have happened if God had given up on us when “Plan A” didn’t work out? I don’t even want to think about it.
This Christmas season I am going to remember Jesus, and remember there is always room for a “Plan B.”
God didn’t have to come up with a third plan because Jesus is enough to cover it all.
Even though sin entered into this world through Adam. Jesus turned it all around for us and gave us life in abundance. If God can do that with this sinful world then what can He do with your “Plan B?”
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