Plan B is never preferred. We’ve all been there. You have so many ideas and expectations of how things will turn out, and for some reason…they don’t go that direction. So, you have to go with “Plan B.”
This happened to us last week during our morning service at Gracepointe Community Church. Following our worship time at The Gamber, we all were expecting to go to Lea McKeighan Park for our annual Memorial Day picnic. Everything was packed up and minds were set. Then, we soon found out that someone else had already reserved the park, and we were immediately thrust into the whirlwind of Plan B mode, and forced to make other arrangements in a very short amount of time.
Even though this is one small, minute example of having to change plans and switch gears in the moment–In that moment–the gears do grind a bit! I mean, regardless of who you are, it can be difficult–sometimes extremely difficult, to navigate through the tension that Plan B can cause.
Last Sunday, Dr. Fel continued his series – The Force: The Spirit in You with this dilemma in mind.
How does God fit in my frustrations with Plan B?
The reality is, it’s not always the need itself for Plan B that causes the most anxiety. What often troubles us the most is the question: “Is there a purpose for this?”
Things didn’t work out this way, so how do I know they will work out on this new road ahead? How do I know Plan B will be any better?
I believe this is where the Holy Spirit comes in.
We’ve talked in previous weeks about how the Holy Spirit:
- Is a Person (not simply an “it” somewhere out there, and is just as much God as God the Father and God the Son).
- Is a Helper (His intention is to come alongside and help with whatever comes our way).
When I think about how the Holy Spirit personally helps us, I think about Dr. Fel’s statement:
“The Holy Spirit is your guarantee that God has a (purposeful) plan for your life.”
His activity in our life is like a down-payment to our hearts that it’s all going to be okay.
This brings to mind Romans 5:5 (paraphrased):
“The end-result of suffering is hope…and hope does not put us to shame–because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
As I reflect this week, I am ruined for words in expressing how important the Holy Spirit’s presence is in my own life. When I come to that place where everything but the ground seems to have fallen through, and I choose to slow down and receive God’s love by way of His Holy Spirit, things shift. Things change. I not only feel differently, but I think differently. I see differently. I’m compelled to live…trusting. I’m compelled to trust in the God whose promises are always steady in Jesus, always solid, always trustworthy.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us…” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
What about you?
Are you at peace, even when Plan A doesn’t pan out? Do you find yourself drinking from another fountain for peace, for answers, for satisfaction, instead of from God’s guarantee for you? God is not mad at you. He’s mad about you. And he’s given his Spirit freely so that you can experience His love in this way, even in times of confusion and disappointment.
Let this be your prayer today:
God, I hear what Ben is saying about the Holy Spirit. I choose now to entrust my disappointments to the Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving freely to me. Now I receive freely from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen