Unexpectedly Better


Our lives are full of “Plan B’s” aren’t they?  For example, when I was in High School I was saving up money for my first car. My parents were kind enough to match whatever I had earned and so they would pay for half of the car.  “Back in my day” (insert grumpy old man raising his cane here) we didn’t have internet search engines to help us so we hit the pavement going from dealership to dealership looking for the best deal.  Neither me nor my parents are shrewd negotiators when it comes to this so we are pretty dang lucky to avoid getting completely cheated on the deal.  After much time and effort we found a 1986 Nissan Maxima.  I know, sweet action right?  It had a sun roof with…get this…electric windows (ooooh…ahhhh).  I would have it made in this car.  I could already see myself on the mean streets of Humble Texas (the “H” is silent) cruising main street, maybe even stopping at Denny’s at the end of my journey….waaay past 11pm.  As you can see, I had me some plans.

Not long after we had picked it out and were getting our game together to go purchase this golden ticket to popularity, we called the dealer and, you guessed it, someone else had purchased it.  Man I was ticked!!!  Seriously?  The guy didn’t save it for me???  If you can’t trust a used car dealer, who can ya trust???  Truth be told, I was really bummed.  I had been driving my mom’s car (A Buick Omega) and it wasn’t exactly a chick magnet ( you know, like the Maxima would have been).  We quickly gathered our thoughts and regrouped.  The search was on again.  It took us a while but the search was well worth it.  I found a 1987 Ford Mustang.  Sure, the windows were manual and it wasn’t a 5.0 or anything but it was the closest thing that I would ever have to a sports car.  I would later look back on the experience and think, “Plan B was definitely better.”

I’ll be honest with you.  I’ve had that experience multiple times.  Sure, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments where that didn’t seem to happen but I’ve had many more experiences where I could see God working His plan out in and through me.  It has always been the superior plan.

Let me ask you a question.  How was last year for you?  If I’m being honest, I was glad to see it go.  It was a year fraught with tough transitions, grieving the loss of a loved one and some frustrated plans.  Can you relate?  Here’s something I would like for you to hold onto as we approach the new year.  God has a plan for you.  It may not look like you anticipated it to but neither did Christ’s arrival into this world.  The King came through a pregnant teen, out of wedlock (as perceived by others, not in reality), and born into a stable.  No one expected God’s plan to work out that way but it did and it was superior to everyone else’s expectation.

God has a plan for you this new year but be prepared, it might not look the way you expected it to look, but it is better.  

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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2 thoughts on “Unexpectedly Better

  1. Great post Matt! Inside scoop for those that don’t know, the real truth is that the car Matt drove did not really matter. HE was the chick magnet. You could have put him in a Gremlin and the result would have been the same. On more than one occasion, he was considered the twin of Corey Haim. How fortunate for Matt, but at the same time, maybe that is another good point about Matt’s post. You will eventually see the path God means for you (even if it is not the path you choose initially), because it is not about the path….it is about you. God is the Alpha….and as was even evident way back then, the (Buick) Omega.

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