If you knew my friend group and our skills at planning events, you'd realize that first attempts, second attempts, and sometimes all the way to Plan Z fall through.
This weekend was no exception.
The original plan had been to go camping. The weather was to be warm and after the ridiculously long winter with snowflakes in late March, all the girls were excited to spend time outside.
Naturally, we were blissfully unaware that the first weekend that campgrounds are open evidently should be a national holiday. Each place we tried to reserve a spot, they were completely full. There were two camp sites within a reasonable distance around Nashville.
The backup plan then was to have a cookout and a sleepover. This time we thought we had it all figured out. We planned out grilling stuff, food, and driving arrangements. It was all set - a perfect evening to spend outdoors. That is, until we realized there were no grills which is slightly problematic if you have around a dozen hamburger patties and hotdogs that need to be cooked.
In the past, if I had gone through two plans falling flat, there was serious potential for meltdown mode to begin. Instead, I laughed. My friend laughed. We started calling everyone that was on their way to reroute them to my friend's house where we spent the next few hours swapping stories over delicious food.
The realization that everything worked out quickly brought to mind Proverbs 31:
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." (Proverbs 31:25)I've always been puzzled by exactly what caused the Proverbs 31 woman to laugh. Was she laughing because she had everything provided for, an insight I had yet to learn, or her way of dealing with fear and uncertainty?
Now I'm wondering, was she laughing because she ultimately knew it was in the Lord's hands - the truth that even the best laid plans are nothing compared to His will?
Think back to a situation in which your plans went a completely different way than expected. What was your response: anxiety, anger, fear, laughter, doubt, control, or joy?
My prayer is that you will begin to see the mess ups, the imperfections, the not-as-planned moments in a new light and learn to release the negative in order to embrace and laugh at life's little twists and turns.