Have you ever made a plan that you were sure was brilliant? And then have you watched that plan just crumble into dust?
Life lesson: Plans don’t always work out.
Have you ever watched your plan fall apart and then discover, perhaps years later, that things worked out better than your plan could have ever worked?
Life lesson: God knows more than you do.
When we moved back to the U.S. from Sweden, my husband was offered the job that we least wanted. It was so far from grandparents, cost of living was high, and we just didn’t feel certain about settling in New York. Watching the U.S. economy fall at an alarming rate has made me profoundly grateful for my husband’s job. We didn’t know it at the time but it WAS the right job for us.
Life lesson: Hold onto your faith.
Two years ago as we faced a stupid legal battle with a landlord who refused to work with us and ended up breaking our lease, I wondered if we could ever recover from the chaos and enormous stress. Now I know that moving was the best thing for our family, particularly one of my children who needed the specialized and individualized help that the new school offered.
Life lesson: It’s not just my own needs God considers, but the needs of every individual in my family.
Last year I constructed a tidy plan that I was excited about. A couple of months later, one dream burst in a lot of pain. Over the months, most of the details of my plan have blown up in my face. For the most part, it’s not dire. I still have my sense of humor. But I struggle with frustration. I can’t see the whole pattern. I know it is there, but my eyes can’t see beyond the small details. Ironically, there isn’t much I can do. I must wait and the waiting is more painful than doing work.
Life lesson: Wait patiently.
I’m still trying to allow the lessons I know and understand with my mind to sink deep into my heart and become a part of my soul. Until then, I’m inching my way forward.
What are some of life’s lessons that you are struggling to learn? How have you coped with your plans going awry?