Have you ever formulated a plan, prayed about it, and felt a peace…only to move forward and watch it fall apart?
In these moments, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and get frustrated—maybe even to despair. However, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my life is that, when our Plan A fails, we must remember there are twenty-five letters left in the alphabet.
Think about how many plans that is—B, C, D, E…each of these has endless possibilities. Why don’t we look at an example of how this principle applies in the Bible?
Did you know that David was God’s Plan B? It’s true! God told Saul that, if he had only obeyed God, his kingdom would have endured forever. That means the Messiah would have come from Saul’s lineage! Instead, Saul failed, and God told Samuel to find a king that was after His own heart.
David was God’s Plan B; but that didn’t mean that David was any less anointed, loved, or chosen than Saul was. We need to reframe our perspectives of secondary plans. They may just be the ones God knew would get us to where we need to go. None of us are perfect; we all have lessons to learn. Plan As are usually the experiences that allow us to step into our Plan Bs and Cs with newfound wisdom and maturity.
So the next time your Plan A fails, see it as an opportunity—not something to be discouraged about. You’re on your way to God’s best for your life!
Dr. Derek Grier