You ever get some unexpected bumps in the road while walking along your journey? You plan precisely, only to not have things go as expected? I’m sure you have ….Welcome to life. How do you react when those potholes happen? Are you stressed, heavily burdened? Or do you naturally trust God and improvise, knowing that he has something greater in store?
Each spring my husband and I like to get away without the kids for a few days. Just a yearly refresher to enjoy one another with no distractions. Our weakness is anywhere warm and tropical. We try to do a new location each time. So, a few years back, we chose Key west, FL. I imagined often of the perfect vacation we would have. Before leaving, I had everything planned out perfectly. The perfect activities, the perfect hotel room and checked for perfect weather. Upon landing in FL. As we headed to retrieve luggage, I noticed I had a voicemail and listened. It was news concerning our hotel reservation. My perfect vacation wasn’t turning out to be too perfect.
The hotel explained to me that they had made a mistake and overbooked the resort for the days we were to be on property. They had no additional rooms at the location or sister property, our refund would take days to receive and no compensation or credit for the inconvenience would be given. I found a nearby chair to sit in and began to cry (I literally just wanted to lay prostrate on the altar of the airport floor crying and kicking but I knew I needed to save my husband the embarrassment so I restrained myself). I had viewed our perfect vacation at that particular hotel. It upset and saddened me that things hadn’t gone as planned, additional money had to be spent, and we had nowhere to stay.
“People might make many plans but what the Lord says is what will happen”. – Proverbs 19:21
Ladies After Wisdom, I like for things to be in order. I like to make plans and stick to them. I can be impulsive and sporadic when it comes to the little things, I understand that it’s necessary when having children. Yet, when it comes to bigger things I like to have a well thought out plan. My Father has a sense of humor, because each time I plan precisely for something, I get an unexpected bump in the road. Such as, rain downpours on my beautifully planned outdoor wedding, nowhere to stay on vacation, 3 flat tires at 3 different times on the same car in the same day and more. Well, what did I do in those situations…improvise (well hold on, I cried first, then improvised ;o). I’ve learned that each bump, each downpour, each set back is time in my life where I have obtained growth and wisdom. Even some hilarity in it to make me laugh and loosen up. I’ve learned to embrace those hiccups.
L.A.W., as long as we live we will come into those unexpected bumps in life. Just know that in each event, there is wisdom to be learned. Know that each pothole in the pavement is possibly a way to make you detour off our own plans and find your way to God’s. Nothing in life is perfect, no event, no job, no wedding and no vacation. So, enjoy life. Loosen up and laugh as often as you can. Pay attention to the way you are feeling when those bumps come, although it may be easy to say and hard to do… trust God…. and improvise. L.A.W., I pray for you daily. I love you. All is well ;o).
P.S. Oh and everything worked out well in Key West. We finally found a hotel, better location than the first and we truly enjoyed one another. A few weeks ago, we went to Vegas and had a another hotel mix up. I didn’t stress (or cry ;o)…I just improvised ;o).
Read: Prov 19:21 Prov 3
Affirmation: When things don’t go as planned. I don’t stress, I trust God and Improvise.
Prayer: Father, it’s me again. I love You so much. I thank You for Your grace ad mercy and many blessings. Thank You for being You. Father, in Your word it says it’s wise to plan (Prov 2:11). Yet, Father, in our planning, I pray that we will be humbled by Your sovereignty. Bless us to trust You, to know that You got this and all will be well. We trust Father, that all things will work out for the good.
In Jesus name, Amen