I am a planner. I like my life to work according to my well-laid plans. However, God has a sense of humor and loves to “mess up” my neat plans.
I pictured myself marrying a guy from my “safe” Christian college. God surprised me by taking me through 7 years of college and grad school with no husband. Instead, he had something better. He led me to Alaska where I met a funny, genuine, adventurous guy who was far better than any guy I ever met in college.
I always thought we would homeschool our kids. After all, I am a teacher by profession!! When our oldest was in preschool and our second was a newborn, I joined an online homeschool group. What I intended as a resource for homeschooling turned into a long-term friendship instead. One day, I saw a request for playdates from another mom of preschoolers. We met at a park near my house. Several months later, we invited her whole family over for dinner. Seven years later, this family represents some of our best friends on earth. All because God used my desire to homeschool for something different than I intended.
I could go on and on about my disrupted plans…and how God’s plans were so much better. God moved us away from our dear friends so that when my husband’s brain tumor was discovered, he would be in the perfect place for treatment and recovery. God put us in a place where the trees, mountains, and aurora would help my husband find a theraputic hobby in photography. (And yes, the photograph is his!)
So the next time God disrupts my “plan A”, I hope I will remember how much better His “plan B” is.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT