A local radio station was recently giving away a book written by a pastor entitled “Plan B – What to do when God Doesn’t Show Up as Planned” .The book title made me sit up and take notice. Because for the last 6 months of my life, God has been telling me just the opposite.
There IS no Plan B.
My friends have heard me say it about my life, and theirs. If you have a problem that you are trusting God to fix, but you are still busily running around trying to fix it yourself…the effect is that you are telling God you don’t trust Him.
My journey began months ago when a pastor held up a Bible, and said “You either believe it – or you don’t”. Those of you who know my story, know that I received a message from God regarding the truth of the Bible – kinda like a spiritual smack down in my living room.
Oh, I BELIEVE it.
God promises superhuman peace, joy and strength. But He also promises He will provide for you, heal you, take care of physical needs.
Matthew 6:30-33 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Psalm 37:25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
Here’s the thing. God promises. HE DOES NOT – CANNOT – LIE.
My journey continued while watching an interview with a missionary named Heidi Baker. She and her husband have been feeding millions of orphans in Africa. They lack food everyday, yet , like the loaves and the fishes, they are provided for. One day, they only had a couple chickens left, but the portions keep coming for hours. The daily miracle has continued ever since. When asked how she can explain the it, or the fact that virtually everyone is being healed of diseases, or the fact that she and her team have been supernaturally protected from guerilla fighters who wish to kill them… she said one simple thing.
“Here, we have no Plan B. If God doesn’t heal, there is no hospital to fall back on. If God doesn’t multiply food, there is no Publix to run to. There IS no Plan B, only God”
Her words hit me like a ton of bricks. Everytime we pray for something, yet continue to try to fix it in our own strength, we are hatching our Plan B. We are essentially saying “God, please come. But since I don’t think you will, I’ll come up with my plan of action”. We negate our own prayer.
Extreme faith activates extreme moves of God.
My FPL story is becoming stuff of legend in my circle of friends. It goes something like this – FPL guy shows up and tells me he is shutting off my power. I ask how much to stop him from doing that. “$260, right now” comes the reply. I write the check, knowing full well I have $11 in the bank.
He leaves, power intact.
My first instinct is to call people for help in getting that money into my bank account. In the past, I asked for help, I got it, and I praised God. This time, however, I heard Him loud and clear – “No Plan B”.
So I said “Ok, Lord, this one is all You. I trust You to pay my FPL bill. I am not going to think anymore about it” I asked no one for help, told no one my story.
I’m sure you can see where this is going. The next day, $260 shows up in an unmarked envelope.
This past year, most people assumed things had gotten better for me, because I was no longer asking for help. In reality, the kids and I were in the most dire circumstances we have ever faced. However, I made a decision – I asked God to ask people to help me. I relied on Him to provide, through whichever means He chose. No Plan B.
I praise Him for the Holy Spirit-sensitive believers who discerned my situation, heard His voice, and acted to help. He has indeed honored my choice to have no other plan but Him.
As a human being, sometimes, I forget and get weak. Recently, I was driving to a friends to drop off a dress I had borrowed. I was crying and frustrated, because I had no food in my house, and no money. “God! Did you fall asleep? I NEED GROCERIES TO FEED MY KIDS! I thought You would never leave me! I thought if I trusted You we wouldn’t be hungry!” Oh, I was ticked off. Three minutes later, I was handing my friend her dress, and she said “I just felt I should give you this, I’m not sure why.”
$100 Publix gift card.
I spent the ride home apologizing to God for acting like the Israelites in the desert. God continually provided for them, yet they complained and worried all the time.
This is the beginning of the journey for me. I do not know how far God will take it. Its easy to talk about “no Plan B” when its money, but what about an illness? What about facing a legal situation? Do you just sit back and wait for God to do something?
Well, I think He is showing me that the answer is YES. I understand you need wisdom and discernment. But you also need to seek HIS PLAN and no other. God will tell you exactly what to do, and where to go and who to talk to.
But if He tells you to wait and let Him fix it – even if it doesn’t seem to make sense – don’t have a Plan B. Trust Him to do His thing. God ALWAYS shows up when He is invited.
I’m not sure I am all the way there yet. But He is working on my heart and my stubborn intellect – and showing me day by day that He can be trusted completely. And when God finds you faithful in little things, you can be sure big things are coming.
Hebrews 13:5 For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
DISCLAIMER! I am not an author, I am not a pastor or a teacher. I have not read the book referenced above, and I am not disputing his words, since I havent read them. The title simply resonated with me because of what God has been speaking to me.