When Plans Change

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My husband was supposed to fly out this week to Brazil to be with a musician who is doing a concert, and the plan was they were going to spend some time with Compassion kids.   However, for some reason the Brazilian consulate had a mix up with my husband’s travel visa so my husband did not receive his visa and passport on time. Was it his suspicious character?

This was really disappointing for him, and for us too.  We were all excited for him to have this time overseas (he was also going to be delivering shoes for Isabel too).

He had been looking forward to this trip for a long time, and honestly, I felt like he needed a break from his everyday routine.  My husband is not one to get too emotional over things, but when he found out the visa was not processed, I saw the wind get knocked out of his sails… and it made me sad.

It’s always hard when something doesn’t work out the way you had planned.  It’s hard to get your hopes up only to be let down later.  You pray for something, you pray for a certain outcomes, and for some reason, God does not answer the prayer in the way you had hoped.

This morning he received this note from a friend.

“I am sure there is a good reason you are not going to BR this week.  It may be obvious or it may be something you may not know until you get to heaven, but rest assured you weren’t overlooked by the most important 🙂 “

How many times in life has your plans changed because of something out of your own control?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD

What happens when you pray for something only to have the outcome different than what you had hoped for?

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5

But what a good reminder from a friend….”.rest assured you weren’t overlooked by the most important”.

My husband took most of the day off, is reading a book now, and I told him I would make him an airplane meal if he wanted.  I was truly sorry he couldn’t go to an amazing place, and sad for the disappointment.    Understanding God’s sovereignty and plan is complicated…….and that is ok.   I think it’s normal and ok to feel disappointed…..but it is humbling  to recognize that our God may have another plan, bigger than the finite plan we can see.  The fact that he loves us so much brings comfort in the dissapointment.

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7 Comments on “When Plans Change

  1. I once was in several little car accidents and wrecked my car while I was pregnant. I wondered about the hand of God in it. My blood sugar was low at the time, and later I realized if I had got to my destination, I probably would have fried my brain and my baby’s from the low blood sugars.
    I also think it isn’t always about us….it may be that there was some other need or presence that is related to the circumstance that God is working in.

  2. Thanks for sharing this amazing story, Patricia. I have thought the same thing when plans have fallen apart. Sometimes we are lucky and we find out why. Other times we must have faith when the prevailing pth is less obvious. I am sure the mere presence of your hubby brings an aire of love and security to your children. Maybe in these delightfully emotional teen years, they simply needed him around. So often our children are the answer to life’s big puzzle. Or maybe you were meant to write this article to remind us of our Lord’s ever-present role in our lives. Who really knows? Faith.

    You have such wonderful, insightful friends. I enjoyed their comments as well and will probably share your story and their comments throughout the next few days.

  3. Thank you for sharing this Patricia. This touched me at a time when I really needed to hear it.

    Love you guys.

    PS, perhaps Steve and I can can have lunch this week. 🙂

  4. JD- what a beautiful comment and one that is taken to heart tonight! Thank you.

  5. “rest assured you weren’t overlooked by the most important” — how beautiful and wise a friend you have, to comfort you with this unmistakable message of truth…

    The children and I have learned, like you, to rejoice in times of disappointing changes in plans, because we know that the greater the plans and the hope were before things changed, the greater yet God will turn them around for the better. If His plans are better than Brazil, Compassion, and a change of pace and scenery, it will be breath-taking and beautiful…

    My prayers are with you tonight.

  6. Ha ha, I wish I would have kept some of our kids chairs and we could have put the entire flight together. However, I do believe United likes the man and had given him a free international upgrade and I think some of the disappointment comes from the fact he is not having his enjoyable flight experience. Your mom was right. Everything does happen for a reason….it would be really interesting to know exactly what that reason was.

  7. If you really love him, in addition to the airplane meal, you will make him sit in a little seat with another chair right in front of him, then tilt it backwards a bit.

    It’s like my mother always says ~ there’s a reason for everything. 🙂

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