Plan B was Always Plan A

Thirty eight years I lived in Miami.  I must admit that when the opportunity to move presented itself, I was excited.  A new place, new people, different weather; Texas was going to be a great home!  The only thing standing between me and a new pair of cowgirl boots was The Jensing’s background screen.  After 3 intense interviews, and a drug screen, all we were waiting for was for the background screening to clear for Plan A to be official. Plan B

One week passed, two weeks passed, and then a third and fourth week, and we were still in the waiting process.  Meanwhile, the frustration level kept increasing.  Just then we heard back, but not exactly from the company in Texas.  Instead, a company that The Jensing had applied to 9 months earlier suddenly decided to call him in for an interview.  The only problem was this job was in the wrong state; Florida…Tampa to be exact.

You see if I was going to make a move, I wanted it to be a BIG move…and you know what they say…

everything’s BIGGER in Texas

Needless to say, I was not happy about the call and was really hoping that this would lead to a dead end.

No sooner had he gone in for an interview, when he was called in for a second one.  The drug screening and background results came back in no time and before we knew it, we were moving; just not to the right place.  Plan B was in full effect!

None of it made sense to me at the time.  Nine months earlier! Really?!

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  You put all your eggs in one basket (basket A), only to have them crushed!

This is what I call a hostile takeover by Plan B.

Recently, it has occurred to me that in situations like this Plan B was always Plan A.  Let me explain.

Lets’ take Mary for example.  Everyone is familiar with her; pure, virtuous, innocent.  As great as all this sounds, I am sure that being the mother of the savior of this world was not Plan A for her.  In fact what young girl ever dreams of becoming pregnant out of wedlock?

If Mary’s Plan A was anything like your typical young girl, she was probably in between getting fitted for her wedding dress and deciding between chicken or beef for the reception.  When all of a sudden Plan B came knocking at the door.  Talk about a hostile takeover!  Mary had no say so in the situation.

If you have read the rest of the story then you know what happens next.  If you haven’t then I warn you now *Spoiler Alert*!

She kicked?! She screamed?! She yelled?! 

Actually, none of the above took place, instead she saw Plan B for what it really was; a Divine Interruption!  It was her life lining up to the Word of God and that was enough for her.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, Be it unto me according to thy Word  Luke 1:38

I wish I could say I have it all down packed like Mary did.  I don’t.

We have been living in Tampa for 2 years now and today I can honestly say that as much as I thought Plan B was a hostile takeover, today I see it for what it really was; a Divine Interruption!

I pray you are in a place where it doesn’t take you 2 years to recognize the blessing in Plan B.

After all, Plan B was always Plan A!

What was Plan A for you and what Divine Interruption are you facing?

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26 thoughts on “Plan B was Always Plan A

  1. This is an awesome post, Rosie! What a wonderful perspective to have when things don’t go as we’ve planned. I love the thought of simply trusting THE LORD and resting in the fact that plan B (HIS plan) was always plan A. It has been a blessing to visit with you this evening. Thanks so much for sharing, Love! GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂

  2. I love your post, and your story of your ‘Divine interruption’. Oh how I struggle to say ‘Thy will” not ‘my will’ be done. I’m your neighbor at Kelly’s and blessed by your post today.

    • Thanks for stopping by Sandra. Yes, it is quite the challenge to go with His will..not an easy thing to do but definitely the most peace providing. Appreciate your visit today 🙂

  3. Love this message! I’m in a career transition and have no plan A or B but I trust God will intervene and bring me to where I need to go! Yes, divine intervention led you to where you belong. Thank you for a fun, wise message today! Visiting from #TestimonyTuesday today. I liked your title!

    • Thank you Kathy. Sometimes not having any plan and just letting Him take the lead is the wisest thing we can do. I’m glad thats where you’re at. Be blessed!

  4. Things are definitely bigger in Texas but I am glad that you and your family have been blessed by God’s “divine interruption” as you put it. I believe it says in Proverbs “man plans his ways but God directs his steps” I love that no matter what we are planning, God is in control and He knows what is best for us! Blessings to you and yours and have a wonderful week!

  5. Great story! It just goes to prove that the Father’s plan always comes to pass – just sometimes we don’t see what the real plan is.

    Thanks for visiting The Loft.

    • Yes, sometimes it takes a minute before we can recognize what the plan was supposed to be all along. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Beautiful, wise post you offered today at The Loft. Sounds like you are thankful for Plan B which was really Plan A. My Plan B was moving back to my hometown…the place that I had sworn never to return to. God knew, though, that I would be needed here. Three years later my precious Daddy was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. Twenty two months after that, he saw Jesus face to face. I am so glad I was here. It was Plan A.

    • What a perfect example of Plan B. I am so grateful that you got to spend time with your father before he passed. A very similar story happened to me with my father, and again if it wasn’t for Plan B, I wouldn’t have been able to spend the time I did with my father before he passed. His ways are not ours, and today I am so very thankful for that! Thank you for sharing Leah 🙂

  7. Oh Rosie, I can definitely relate. My husband and I were in a similar situation a few months ago and I wanted to move SO badly. It turned out, that was not God’s plan for us. Thank you for this timely reminder that God’s plans are always best, even when I don’t see it right away.

    • I’m glad you were able to relate Abby. Yes, His plans are always better event though at the moment it can be quite difficult to see. Be blessed!

  8. What a great illustration! And reminder… Thank you for sharing, and encouraging. Sometimes it’s a struggle to recalibrate what’s in God’s will for us, as the best plan, because we can’t see the future.

    • Many times its a struggle, but we are so much better off when we go with His plan. Thanks for stopping by Lori.

  9. Wow, that’s a great parallel! And great writing too. My Plan A after my divorce from my childrens’ father 17 years ago was to be alone. I wanted nothing to do with men. Then I met my husband and I knew…we both knew pretty much right away, that we’d marry. We did and have been married for 13 years. He’s my best friend and a wonderful Christian man. If I’d been so dead set on my Plan A, I would have missed out on the greatest blessing in the second half of my life!

    • I am so glad you didn’t miss out on Plan B Mary. He had something great planned for you all along! Thank you for sharing.

  10. My plan A was to rise to an executive level in the company I work for. The divine interruption was a failed project that rocked my confidence and sent me down a new path. Like you said, I began to see my life lining up with the Word of God, specifically in Isaiah 43:19. God was making a way in the wilderness for me to do a new thing!

    • And I so love it when He makes a way in the wilderness. Sometimes just like Isaiah 43:19 says, it takes a moment to perceive it. Thank you for stopping by Christa 🙂

  11. Nothing wrong with have various plans in order just in case and when it goes either way it’s prepared for. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme