We just thought it was Fall. Here in the South it has been dry and hot. Despite that, my daughters have been wearing their snuggly sweaters and long sleeves. They haven’t been able to wait to put on their Autumn attire and head off into their day. During the morning hours it has been fine, but by the afternoon, it has been too hot to wear sweaters and it even looked a bit strange to have winter apparel on while it was 85 degrees. Regardless, day after day they have donned the comfy stuff hoping Fall would actually arrive. But it still hasn’t. No matter their desire for cool days, summer keeps hanging on.
Sometimes in life we put on our game face and ask life to “bring it”. We plan for this or that knowing without a doubt whatever we’ve dreamed is going to happen. We put on that sweater thinking it’s supposed to be chilly and cloudy, and it turns out to be in the 80’s with the sun wide open. We walk out into life and find ourselves disappointed saying, “This isn’t how it was supposed to be.”
I’ve had more plan Bs then plan As in my life. Many of you have too. They have been the times in my life where I have asked God to show me the way. Point me in the direction He would have me go. Put servants of His in my life that can support and guide me. But most of all, the plan Bs in my life have been the times when I have had to beg for my Father’s grace to make me still while He is working. To know He has a plan for my life. To have a peace about what the day brings rather than fighting and floundering around trying to make something happen that is not His will. To “be still and know”. The fact of the matter is, no matter how much we want to be able to wear that winter sweater, if it is still hot out, we’re going to burn up in it. We’ll be miserable while waiting for the season to change. We must trust that there is a time for everything and that He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Waiting on my Master,
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9