I’ve always have been a planner. What I mean by that is that I like to think things out well in advance. I’m most comfortable when I know where I’m going, how I’m going to do it, and what I want to accomplish. Although this has generally served me well over my 60 plus years, one clear lesson life has taught me is that oftentimes my plans don’t work.
The other day I ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. After the usual pleasantries we caught up on the details of our lives. In my case that included me filling him in on how my wife and I were second-generation parents and now raising three adolescent grandchildren. He responded with a reply that I often hear, especially from “seniors” like me. He said, “I don’t think I could do that—how do you handle it.” Without a blink I said, “I learned a long time ago that life is not about how well you plan, but what happens to you in the midst of your plans.” It is learning to flow with Plan B when Plan A crashes.
I thought of plan B a lot last week when I visited a good friend of mine, a man who is in a wheelchair, the result of a accident that broke his back and caused him to be a paraplegic. He certainly didn’t anticipate his life would be like that. He has learned to go with Plan B so well that he is a full time farmer and rancher, able to run tractors and all sorts of farm equipment despite his physical impairment. He has succeeded because he has learned to embrace Plan B.
The fact is that most, if not all of us are faced with problems, hardships, and even tragedies. Oftentimes, the provision of God and seeing His mighty hand come through for us is really found in Plan B. In our kitchen hangs a small sign that speaks loudly to my wife and I. It says, ”Life is about how you handle Plan B.” If things seem to be falling apart for you, if your having problems at work, or with your health, then look around. IF you keep your eyes open you will find that God always has a Plan B.