En route to our grandson’s baptism last Sunday morning, I drove past a local business whose outside marquee read, “Life is all about how you handle Plan B.” Upon reading this, my spirit was stirred and challenged. One of my “Sheilaisms” for the past few years has been, “Blessed are the flexible for they will never be bent out of shape!” While this may cause some to chuckle, it’s much easier said than done, especially in dire situations when living life.
The “Plan B” words stuck in my spirit as rhetorical questions began to follow. What if this plan came and went, we’re still searching, and are on about “Plan ZZZ” by this point in time? Then what?
Your Tallest Mountain
What’s the biggest mountain or obstacle that you are facing now? Is it the loss of a loved one, an ongoing health challenge, a relationship issue, a court decision, financial pressure, or you get the gist of my query?
How long have you been facing this particular mountain or been trying to scale it to get to the top?
When you first encountered your challenge, did you have a “Plan B?” How many “plans” have you implemented since then if you’re still waiting?
When I encounter huge obstacles and tall, rugged mountains, I try to remember the words of Psalm 46:
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Verse 10a is so instructive and lends such comfort, “Be still, and know that I am God” even in the midst of the equivalent of our problems being likened unto the earth moving under our feet, the waters roaring around us, and the mountains shaking. (Verses 2-3)
There’s a reason that verse 7, “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge,” is repeated again in verse 11 at the end of this psalm.
Psalm 23 is a great companion to Psalm 46.
Perhaps our natural inclination is to formulate our own “Plan B,” but God’s help and solutions are a much better choice even if we don’t agree with them at the time.
During the time I began reciting my one-liner, “Blessed are the flexible for they will never be bent out of shape,” I envisioned a large piece of elastic that could be stretched a great length.
When searching for images of elastic to accompany this week’s blog post, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I opted for a slinky since it’s actually quite flexible. Also, I located a fun demonstration of how to use one. Here’s the link if you’d like to watch it:
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
What’s your normal practice of living life when your plans suddenly change and not for the better?
Do you seek God first or start burning up your cell phone minutes seeking advice from others? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enlisting prayer support and Godly counsel. Our flesh can sometimes want to do this right away instead of waiting on the Lord for His direction.
What would be your words of encouragement to those who are experiencing difficult times?
Is it a challenge for you to remain flexible when things go south in a hurry?
Psalm 9:9-10 are verses of assurance and comfort, “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Are there additional verses you could add to the ones above?
Speaking of living life, much of our world is currently in crisis and chaos. When writing this blog post, I’m most certainly not taking any of it lightly. As I reflect upon my drive to our annual “Church In The Park” followed by the opportunity to be baptized in the river, I realize that the local business could have listed anything on its marquee board. In my heart and spirit, I know God wanted me to see their message and read it.
One major aspect of adult life is how we handle it when things go sideways and/or the bottom falls out. Ergo, I’m trying to remember to recite my “Elastic One-Liner” when this happens. Or I just might purchase a glitzy slinky, watch the young man’s online demonstration, and practice a few of his suggestions just for grins!
The Knot Before You
Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus, we can always trust our Heavenly Father to take care of us. God is good, and He always has a perfect plan for everything under the sun and in our lives.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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