As I sat talking with our grief counselor, I showed her a picture that I had taken of Lauren and Stringer’s shoes.  Stringer’s shoes were a size 16 Laurens a size 8.  The difference was amazing, and Stringer’s shoes were enormous.  I told Jan as I looked at those shoes, I realized that we all have to walk in our shoes, no one else’s shoes fit our feet, even if the journey is tough, we still have to walk it.  Jan looked at me and said, “You are so right there is no plan B, your walk is your walk, the walk God has you to walk.”

I had never thought of that.  Have you?  We see shirts, mugs, bags that say when- when plan A fails, there is always plan B!

But I found a better quote:

THERE IS NO REASON TO HAVE PLAN B BECAUSE IT DISTRACTS FROM PLAN A.

We all have a mental image of our life.  We compare our lives to others’ lives.  We look on social media and want to be happy and joyful like everyone else.

So what do we do?  We try our best to get out of our plans and walk in someone else’s shoes.  We think that their shoes look fancier, more productive and exciting.  The SOMEONE ELSES LIFE looks awesome.  Side note:  most of the lives on social media really isn’t what their life looks like.

When we want to get out of plan A, by creating plan B, we are trying to manipulate life, we aren’t trusting God.  We are trying to control what is uncontrollable.

God has gifted us, each with unique talents that we are to use to honor him.  (1 Peter 4:10) God created everything the water, the birds, the sun, the moon, the plants, humans; he created it all with a specific purpose.  Why should we try to change the purpose?

We assume that life will be perfect, then when it is not, we try to change the direction.  We will do whatever it takes to get it to look that way, but that isn’t reality.  The truth is that life can be messy; it can be ugly; it can be tough.  It may not always be rainbows and butterflies and happy days.

DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE:

When going to a biblical character, Sarah is one who tried to create her own best plan- plan B.  Sarah wanted children she yearned for them.  She knew that God had told Abraham that he would be the father of nations and that Sarah would be the mother of nations, but Abraham and Sarah didn’t believe.  They actually laughed.    I guess she thought God wasn’t truthful.

Genesis 17:15-17 New International Version (NIV)

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

When Sarah didn’t conceive, she took matters into her own hands.  She tried to do it herself.

Then Jonah. He really wanted Plan B, or he thought he did.   He didn’t want to do God’s plan, so he ran.  Jonah was worried, scared, and fearful.  He was disobedient, and he ended up in the belly of a whale.

Plan B, plan C, plan D, and so on are made up of our choices.  It is through those choices that we learn lessons- hopefully.   It is through these plans that we have taken matters in our own hands, not asked God for guidance, and made choices that WE feel are the best for us.

The good thing is this, even though we at times slip up and are impatient, don’t trust, lose sight of our faith, God is still there for us.  Even though we may detour off of His plan for our lives and go on the road of our plans, he is patiently waiting.  He is waiting for us to get back on the trail, the trail that consists of his perfect plan for us.

As I completed Coffee with Cupcake this morning, one of my teacher buddies Meghan wrote these words:

“Our own earthly desires, “PLAN B” can rob us of God’s ultimate “PLAN A,” which is beyond better than we can ever imagine for ourselves.”

Stay on the trail even though it looks tough.  Plan A is your plan it fits you so walk on it!

CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

  • Keep your daily appointment
  • Dive deep into the word
  • Keep walking PLAN A
  • Fill your cup with Christ because it is when you fill your cup with Christ that you can fill other cups

If you want to see a sermon that goes directly with Plan A visit https://www.stuttgartfumc.org Our pastor Bryan Fink has been doing a sermon series and yesterday’s sermon was about staying on the trail.  You can also find it on Facebook Live Stuttgart FUMC.