If you have been in ministry for any length of time then surely you have had things not go the way they were planned.
It’s those events where no one shows up, or EVERYONE shows up. Or the food is late or the car breaks down, or whatever.
This one time, I had a car full of youth driving to a music festival. We were 2 hours from home and 2 hours from the festival and all of a sudden the car just shuts down. We were driving on the turnpike at 75MPH and suddenly nothing, not even power steering. I got it off the road and had to have it towed home. The transmission died on me.
So what do we do with that kind of stuff? It is easy to get angry in situations like that. We sat in a turnpike rest stop for 3 hours waiting for the tow truck. It is easy to get angry. It is easy to feel like I let down those youth.
But, perhaps God has a purpose in that. Perhaps God has a plan for all of that. But maybe the plan isn’t for you, maybe the plan is for someone else. Maybe God needs you to go through that so someone else can learn a lesson.
Too often, we get upset over our “Plan A” not working out and we feel like we have to go to “Plan B” and some of us are even on “Plan Q” by now, but the reality is, all of this is part of God’s “Plan A.” God does not have a “Plan B” God only has a plan that will succeed and it involves each of us.
We may feel like everything fell apart but the truth is, it didn’t. I heard a man once say “Everything will work out in the end, if everything hasn’t worked out then it isn’t the end.” I think that is the point. Things may be hard right now but that just means we haven’t hit the end yet.
So, it may be your “Plan Y” but God is still on “Plan A” and it will work out…..eventually.