The Making and Breaking of Plans


When I woke up this morning, the sun was shining and it looked like it would be a beautiful summer’s day.  However, by the time lunch came around, the weather had changed to dark and dreary from bright and sunny.  I was not prepared.


I had a few things that I wanted to check off my to-do list today—one included a trek to the bookstore that is a few blocks away.  But, since I was not prepared for rain, I didn’t bring an umbrella.  Ready or not, the rain has come. 


I think the same can be said for life.  We may have certain plans for ourselves, or certain things we want to accomplish, but due to unforeseen circumstances, those things become impossible to carry out.  Small plans are easy enough to change—I’m not too upset about not being able to make it to the bookstore.  But there have been times in my life where changes have come that I was not prepared for—the big, life-changing kind. 


Perhaps you have had that kind of experience yourself—where things you wanted to do in life become impossible due to illness, the death of a loved one, layoffs, or another tragedy.


I’m a product of the 80s and 90s, so what comes to my mind first are the lyrics to a Whitesnake song that says, “Here I am again on my own, walking down the only road I’ve ever known.”  It’s scary when “the only road” we’ve ever known stops short.  But that doesn’t have to scare us.  God knows where we are going, even when we don’t.  And as long as we let him lead the way, we’ll be sure to end up where we need to be. 


One thought on “The Making and Breaking of Plans”

  1. I will respond to this with a quote from one of the all time great movies, “difficult, not impossible.” So, that’s how you have to look at going to the bookstore in the rain without an umbrella, “difficult, not impossible.” This is also how you must look at life with obstacles that are unexpected, life will be “difficult, not impossible.”


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