Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16: 3 (NIV)
A catch-up breakfast with friends, an impromptu lunch with my best friend, and late-night hot chocolates with my best buddies. December’s calendar overflows with plans. Shopping, wrapping, decorating, and family gatherings. A December wedding created a flurry of plans: floral arranging, light hanging, table decorating, and cup cake delivering.
Plans fill the season. Then life happens and plans change.
Seventeen years ago, my mother celebrated her first Christmas in Heaven. Sudden and abrupt, she left behind Christmas gifts and holiday plans. As family gathered around the tree and table, she sat in the wondrous light of Jesus.
Funeral plans in the midst of Christmas caused sadness and confusion. Life turned upside down brought plans to a halt.
This December, a sudden change of plans. A Pastor called to his eternal Home. Now, a wife plans without a husband. A mother and father plan life without a son. Three children plan their futures without a beloved father. A church plans for a new pastor. Many new plans needed to fill the hole vacated by a big life. A new normal requires a new plan.
When life happens and plans change, God is never surprised.
His plans have been in motion since the beginning of time.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Mary, a young girl from Bethlehem, had a plan. A wonderful plan. A practical, common sense plan. 1. Marry her beloved Joseph, a carpenter. 2. Set up their home as newlyweds. 3. Start a family.
God had other plans. He interrupts our plans with His very best plan.
The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 (NIV)
Plans change as life ebbs and flows. Unplanned interruptions take us down new paths filled with new plans.
The challenge is to respond as humbly and selflessly to God’s interruptions like Mary.
I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. Luke 1: 38 a (NIV)