The plan

I've been gone for a while, a little bit off the grid. I have been drowning myself in sewing projects. Baby blankets, a rag doll, princess dresses, fall tunics for my girl... so the computer was replaced by the sewing machine. Then, somehow I got in my head that a garage sale would be a good idea, and it was. A lot of work and my garage is still a wreck, but we brought home enough cash to pay for most of the boys' new bunk beds, or at least that was the plan. Instead it went to pay for two new tires for the Dude's car. Not as fun, but necessary. It took some effort for me to be grateful that the Lord provided for our needs yet again, even if it wasn't what I wanted to spend the money on. My parents came up on Sunday to celebrate a certain little Monkey turning 5! I don't know what it is about the age 5, but it seems old. She's pretty awesome. I'll tell you all about her party later. It was fun!

We had big plans for this weekend too. Plans to clean the garage along with the shed in the backyard after we took the kids fishing Saturday morning. Ahh plans, those elusive mistresses. There is a reason we say "God willing". In this case, our weekend plans were not what he was willing. I woke up Monday morning with some pretty terrible heartburn, which I have to admit makes me want to cry and call my mom. I do not handle it well. So I went back to bed and let my kids watch tv all morning. {Sadly, that is not an exaggeration.} My husband knows that is not the norm for me, so he came home to rescue us. By 9 pm the pain had drifted south and settled sharply in the lower right quadrant of my belly. You probably would have guessed it before me, but I got the sneaky suspicion it might be appendicitis. I drove myself to the ER feeling a bit silly when I said "I'm here to see if I have appendicitis". They rushed me back to a room, started poking and testing and six hours later I was in recovery minus one appendix. Needless to say, this was not the plan.

I have a newborn, and a one year old, and a three year old, and it was my five year old's birthday. I am nursing. I have laundry to do and meals to prepare and Bible studies to attend. I am busy. My husband needs to be at work. This is not the plan.

Let's hear a little bit about plans from Proverbs...

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

 

There is a reason God had this in his plan for me. I can see his hand all over it. His hand of protection, sovereignty, comfort, peace, blessing, and grace. He uses challenges in our lives like this to remind us to be humble, to need him, to call upon him. And I am thankful for it.