Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path. (Proverb 3:5-6)
Early on in my life, I was a die hard plan B girl. If plan A didn't work, there was always plan B. As I grew in my relationship/walk with the Lord; having a plan B, was distracting me from God's will. Actually, at times when I didn't understand, God's plan, I would turn my attention to plan B. There have been a few occasions where I convinced myself to go with plan B, because it made sense to me. Needless, to say choosing plan B, in those instances, led to many unnecessary heartaches.
December 14, 2015, was our last night in the place we called home for nearly 8 years. Everything was planned and we were walking into our next season. A few days prior things began to unravel and the plans started shifting. We had all of our cards on the table, so there was no backup plan. What we knew for sure was, the next morning at 9 o'clock, our keys had to be on the counter and we had to be out. Although that was not the way we planned it, we trusted that God would direct our path and he did.
About a year ago, we were informed that our current home, was going on the market for sale. At the time our lease was month to month, and the news was quite alarming. In the midst of all the emotional chaos going on in my mind, there was still a calmness within. Doing what I do best in chaos, I took a walk. During the course of my walk, I just began to think, "Lord, I Trust You." I repeated that thought in my mind over and over. Once I returned home, there was a sense of peace that comforted me.
Please understand, during times of uncertainty, your peace will be tested, repeatedly. Within 24 hours of being informed the house was being place on the market, the for sale sign was posted in the front yard. The natural planner in me began to take charge at that time. My thoughts were; "Lord, I trust you, but I am going to go ahead and start making a plan." So, acting fully from a "feeling some kinda way" emotional state, I begin to plan our exit strategy.
Recognizing that you are going into plan B mode, is very important. Anytime that you are acting fully in your feelings, that's a good indicator that you have deviated from God's plans. The word of God, is always a good way to transition back into God's plans.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
~ Jeremiah 29:11-13
The above passage of scripture is one of my favorites. Once, I calmed myself down, after seeing the for sale sign in the front yard, I read and re-read Jeremiah 29:11-13. I surrendered my exit plan to God. My prayers were simply answered with this thought; "Be Still and Know" The for sale sign was removed after 7 weeks, and there were no offers made on the house, during that time. We are currently in a one year lease, which will end in a few months. As we approach the end of our lease, our plan is to trust God; knowing that he will make our next steps clear for us to follow.
In case you are wondering if we make plans, of course we do. However, before we implement a plan we take it to the Lord in prayer. Staying aligned with God's purpose, we are amazed by the way his plans are actually answers to our prayers; Only way above and beyond what we asked for. Once you truly believe that God's plans are always perfect, there's no need for a plan B.