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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Friday, May 10, 2013

Plan A or B? or C? maybe D? ...

There's no doubt about it, life is messy.

Today Solomon made his first mess while playing.  I was zoning out washing dishes and he opened the drawer and shook out a bag of twist ties all over the floor:

(If you are wondering about his necklace, it is an amber bead necklace.  It is supposed to help lessen the pain of teething, among other discomforts.  Tabby has one and she swears it really has helped with headaches.)

What happens when a goal you set does not work out?  Do you just move on to a "Plan B"?  I do.  And if that doesn't work I go to "Plan C" and then "Plan D", etc.  I'm a planner at heart, and even though things don't usually turn out like I plan, I still love planning.  (And I have the lists to prove it!)
The other day, I was reading a book entitled A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything by Lydia Brownback and I read something that still has me thinking "what?!"  The author wrote (p. 35):

"Many of us have lived long enough to know that goals are better termed hopes, since we have seen many of our best-laid plans go astray.  Over time we might come to think of what we wind up doing as a sort of Plan B.  But the truth is that there is no Plan B.  There is only Plan A.  That's because

'The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.' (Proverbs 16:1)

If we think we are stuck in Plan B, it's because our idea of Plan A was just that--our own idea, not God's."

I believe God is sovereign in all things.  Yet I just never had really thought about this like this.  It still just has my mind turning around and around.  All the messes I have made in my past (and OK - I still make messes in my life way too often) are all part of God's Plan A for me?  How humbling.

"The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

What do you think of there being only Plan A?  Am I the only one that is a new idea to?

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