Have plan B ready to go, for plan A is just the starting point. I know NASA can’t work this way, after all they are shooting gazillions of dollars of equipment and invaluable human lives into space! NASA needs to have the plans A to Z worked out ahead of time. However, even they know Plan A1 might be necessary.
No one can know all the contingencies ahead of time, or if they did, we’d call this being “God,” who has foreknowledge of all the possibilities of all the timelines of all our possible choices. How does this happen? Time, as we know it, is fixed with a beginning and an end, but God experiences time differently, for God existed before time. God is eternal, so God has no beginning or end. All times are “now,” so to speak, to God.
What might be future for us, IS to God. What was past for us at one time, God always knows, but unlike us, God chooses to remember no more. This is grace, a gift to us.
When my coffee pot died this morning, I didn’t berate it for giving up the ghost. After all, it was a free coffee pot from my coffee service. I’d bought a replacement at my local big box store and then they sent me a new one out of the blue! That pot is in storage (plan C). I got this Starbucks pourover system for those single cup moments. So I pressed it into service when the Gevalia drip carafe died after the first measly spurts.
Sometimes our friends fail us, for we want them to be something they aren’t. We want them to take care of us, we want them to make our lives interesting, we want them to make us feel warm inside, we want them to stimulate us, or to make us feel alive again. Or we want them to be a bottomless reservoir of good cheer.
Most of these we can get from a good cup of coffee or tea! The rest we can get by risking a conversation in a public place with someone who’s doing what we are doing. Not everyone will respond well. That’s ok. Just keep your eyes open.
Sometimes we want God only for the good things God provides: health, security, prosperity, abundance, or blessings. We forget about the love of God, the comfort of God, the wisdom of God, or even the trials of God as other goods to be sought. The steadfast love of God and the enduring presence of God are nothing to sneeze at! When we seek only the material blessings and not God alone, we have begun to seek another god, and these blessings will begin to leave us. Our first call is to seek God, and all other things we seek will be added to us.
God will always provide companions for the journey and you can always buy a new coffee maker tomorrow. Or make do with the pourover until your ship comes in. Have a better day than yesterday, always! Love, Cornie.