Just about the time I think a plan is coming together and the project goal and completion are set, something unexpected happens to throw a wrench in the mix. It seems like it always happens.
Invariably there is something I didn’t see that puts an obstacle in the plan. Oftentimes it will end up costing more than anticipated and the budget isn’t going to stretch.
It happens to all of us. It isn’t just at work. Actually, such issues at work can be easier sometimes because there is a team involved to help sort it all out and come up with a new plan. In our personal lives, we may not have a big support team.
New plans and projects may have targets and timelines, but they don’t always have blueprints to follow.
Our personal lives might have targets and goals, maybe even timelines for the big things. I remember that was true for us when we were working to put aside money for our children’s college educations. We knew about the amount of money needed, when we would need it, how much we were making, and how long it would take to reach the savings goal each semester or each year. Those helped us and gave us guidance.
What happens when there are no blueprints to follow?
What do I mean?
Let’s say I am reasonably responsible and operate with a budget. I am pretty diligent to follow it and even have some of those “just in case” categories. I even have a savings plan in the mix. I know I can’t plan for everything, but I am trying to take some of those inevitable unexpected things into account.
I feel like things are on track until one day the company I am working for makes a decision to reduce staff or maybe move out of the area or country. (It happened today when a major company cut 12,000 employees, a whopping 11% of their workforce.)
It’s a rough day even if I had been hearing whispers that something like this might happen. I collect my things and try to sort out if there is a severance package or some level of unemployment benefits. I feel glad I have been working with a budget for a while, but I know there isn’t enough money in the bank to be out of work for a long time.
Let’s say I have a great job with benefits I really appreciate, but then one day on a routine visit to the doctor I find out there is a serious illness developing. Several treatment options are available to me, but I need to check with my insurance company to see which is the one I can get coverage for. Suddenly, I discover the medical issue is considered catastrophic and there is no coverage.
Maybe I have been blessed with several great relationships, the kind that start casually and end up as something really solid, rich, and sustaining. These are my “go to” girls and then one day I discover one of them is having an affair with the other one’s husband. I sure didn’t see that coming. It also means those very relationships I had counted on dissolve in a split second.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Life is full of uncertainties and doesn’t stay on a predictable schedule. That would help, but what would really help is a flexible blueprint that would point the way when the unexpected DOES happen.
What do I do when there is no blueprint?
I hear some of you saying things like “you need to put your faith in the Lord” or “trust Jesus, He’ll work it out” or “this testing will reap a great harvest in your life”. (Okay, maybe you wouldn’t say that.)
Do I look to the Lord in the unexpected that has turned my world upside down?
YES!! BUT…that still doesn’t give me a blueprint.
Do I believe He will be with me? Provide for me? Yes, but how and when? He doesn’t operate with that kind of blueprint.
I know that from what I see from Genesis through Revelation. He gives me principles to live by and stories about how He moves in behalf of His children. He gives me tenets of faith to build my life upon and promises to sustain me, but He doesn’t give blueprints.
I look at the life of Jesus and I see He showed His love and power through many healing miracles, but it was never done the same way. There was no formula.
I see He tells Peter he can walk on the water to meet Him when the disciples’ boat is caught in a storm, but He doesn’t tell him how to do it. There are lots of examples in His Word.
What’s the hard part?
Trusting Jesus when we can’t see the end result is the hard part of doing life when the unexpected happens, when life throws us a curve ball we don’t think we can come back from.
The truth is: We know Jesus is absolutely trustworthy and yet totally outside of our control.
What sustains me then? Holding fast to the certainty of His love for me. Resting in the sure promise He will be with me. All those stories in the Bible show me that time and time again.
Life without blueprints builds trust.
It builds faith.
It builds character.
It is the life of a disciple.
18 thoughts on “What Do We Do When There Is No Blueprint?”
PS thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.
It is hard to really dig in and believe when we can’t see His plan. I love your point that we have to trust in His plan for us. He has the blueprint and He knows what He is designing with us and through us. Sometimes, He shares the plans; other times, he doesn’t so that we will step out in faith, knowing His plans for our lives are perfect.
You’re so right, Mary! One day we will understand it all better when we see Him face-to-face.❤️
So good! Trusting the One who is completely and utterly trustworthy—Amen to that! Although, yes, easier said than done… 😬Thanks so much for sharing! Stopping by from #RaRaLinkup
Thanks, Laura! You’re right about it being easier said than done, but most of us get a lot of practice at it!😊
I always want to plan things ahead and like to be prepared for all contingencies, so the unexpected isn’t usually welcome. But I’ve been slowly improving over the years and trying to convince myself that God has a plan, even if it doesn’t always match mine. We have a saying in Portugal that goes something like this: God writes straight over messy lines, at that’s the truth, even if we don’t see it at the time.
Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week.
I have been living in a season when everything has been disrupted and I’ve had to wipe my calendar clear. It’s very hard when I love to plan ahead. But God is taking care of the details! And I am hopefully becoming that better disciple.
Ah, Jennifer, I appreciate what you have shared. I have had some seasons like that and they are hard indeed. Blessings on you as He nudges you to hold His hand and trust Him for each part of every day.🌻
Oh yeah. I’m a planner and an organizer and it makes me very uncomfortable to NOT have a plan to go by… but then that’s when I’m forced to trust God. I think He puts me in those situations just to remind me to have faith in HIM and not the plan! Thanks!
I can relate to that too, Karen….hence why I think the Lord led me to what I wrote💕
I love your statement: “The truth is: We know Jesus is absolutely trustworthy and yet totally outside of our control.”
It reminded me of CS Lewis’ ‘Aslan’ figurative character of Jesus being described : “After all, he’s not a tame lion”.
Thanks, Katrina! I love the quote by C.S. Lewis…its a favorite! 💕
Great post! I love the last four lines and how no blueprints builds a disciple. Thank you for sharing and keep on writing sista!
Thanks, Kelsey! I so appreciate your encouragement!🌻
What a great post! Good thing God has a blueprint! 🙂