Monday, April 20, 2015

Your Plan B is His Plan A

All together now: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

We need that verse, and we need to know it’s true. As we prepare to head off to college, to become parents, to enter a ministry, it’s important to know that the Lord has a plan. In the good, the bad, and the just plain scary, He does.

Sometimes the Lord’s plan isn’t much like ours, though.

As Proverbs 16:9 famously says: “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”
Plans change, don’t they? Life comes up. Relationships arise unexpectedly. We get new jobs, we face health trials, we find that our best laid plans simply go awry. It happens.

And when it happens, we go to plan B.

Ever been there?

You made a choice that you might now call a mistake. You laid out a future that seemed right and good but life made a choice for you, and now you’ve got to try for something else.

The “else” is plan B. But the good news is, our plan B always fits into His plan A.

“Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”Proverbs 19:21

That sounds like a paraphrase of the earlier Proverb reminding us that the Lord lays out our steps. Read it again. The Lord’s purposes prevail.

Job 42:2 phrases the truth this way: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

Meanwhile, Joseph echoes: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).

In Esther 4:14, we read the implication: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Looking to just these few examples out of many, we see the pattern. Life does not always go our way. For Job, Joseph, and Esther, plan A probably didn’t involve wild risks, great loss and suffering, or separation from loved ones. Plan B probably didn’t either…these characters were likely on plans G, N, or Q. But God wasn’t. His greater plan isn't just about us, but it wholly accounts for each of us as well. 

Our Lord knows what’s up before we’re even born. He knows our mistakes before we make them and knows what’s going to change before we’ll ever admit that things aren’t the same. He’s beyond time and wisdom. 

In His goodness, He gives us free will. Our choices are ours. But we can rely on this:
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

All the things He’s working together for good are a part of His plan A. So don’t worry if you’re on B, or E, or K. You’re still on His course, walk in freedom, obedience and repentance accordingly, rather than living with regret, bitterness, or that nagging “what if?”

Gratefully linking to: Esther Girl, RaRaLinkup, and Testimony Tuesday


  1. Thank goodness for His plan A! I know I'm certainly on my plan C, D, or E even, so grateful for your reminder that its has always been His plan A!

    1. Thank you so much! So thankful for His Plan A, too! It seems our plans always have more pitfalls and dead ends : ) Blessings!

  2. Amen, well said. I recently read this same theme in Holly Gerth's blog. You should check it out. It was really good. Basically she brought up the point that if plan A goes bad, does that mean we stay on the sidelines then the rest of our lives? Of course not. I'm quoting this badly. But anyway it was really good.

    1. Thank you Debbie! I just checked out Holly Gerth's blog and it's fantastic, thanks for directing me there : )

  3. Praising God in the midst of this post, my fellow writer friend. It's a good reminder and encouragement for me. Thank you! Trusting him with the reigns, with plans A-Z. All the way, baby!

    1. Loving your phrase "plans A-Z" : ) Thanks for reading and writing, Kristi!

  4. Whoops...forgot to mention that I meandered to your post via #TestimonyTuesday. So glad I did!

  5. Such encouragement in your words, Bethany. I know I have seen my plans D, E, and G prepare me for my plan L. But I love that I'm still on God's plan A. : )

    Thank you, Bethany, for sharing your heart on #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    1. Crystal, YES! What a perfect point...our plans all get worked into each other in order to fit into His. So much truth there. : ) Thanks for reading and connecting! Blessings!