“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”   Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

It’s my birthday, and for a while now I have been wanting a dishwasher that didn’t wake the neighbors while running and a fridge that I could open the freezer door on. Some may think these are petty reasons, but after 5 years, I was ready! My sweet hubby decided to take me shopping for them last weekend. Which we did!!! Now I have brand new appliances on the way!!

Delivery was scheduled for the day after my birthday, perfect!!! We then received a call from an inspector, whose job it is to check out our kitchen to be sure everything will fit right. Very progressive for Panama!!! He is to arrive on my birthday, no problem! Now, here is how it really happened…

We get the call from the security gate, my hubby runs up there to help the inspector find our home,  but it’s not the inspector, it’s the delivery!!! Now I’m frantically emptying my dirty dishwasher into the sink, and running to find coolers to put my entire fridge contents into!!! The delivery starts, I get a call from the inspector, who now wants to be sure these delivered appliances fit… Ummm ok!!! As I’m asking them questions about what, if anything, I need to know about using my new toys, I get looks of confusion….. these gentlemen just inspect and deliver, they don’t actually install them!!! That’s a completely different team!!! So looking at my watch, I innocently ask when they will arrive…. oh, they aren’t even scheduled yet…..

As I sit down laughing in wonder and amazement at the way things work here in Panama…. it hits me. Is this how God feels about me at times? Does He ever shake His head in amazing wonder at the silly choices I make and the backward way I do things? I know He has this straight path for me, a perfect plan! But I seem to get in the way at times. That must be why I love this verse so very much… even when I do things backward and inside out, He makes it perfect for me.

So now I can laugh and praise the Lord for a fridge in my living room to keep my food cold, and two dishwashers that I can’t use because I know there is a plan in the works to make it all wonderful.

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Your loving patience with me as I grow in you. Thank you for keeping my eyes open to the blessings in things that seem to be going wrong, for giving me your joy in the process. Amen

2 thoughts on “Plans

  1. I love this Marlene. Do our plans ever go just the way we want them too? They rarely do for me. Haha. Praise the Lord, that His plans are always perfect, even through our blunders. Happy late Birthday sister!


  2. Happy Birthday Marlene! This one will be memorable for sure. Ha,Ha. God says to Trust Him and enjoy the ride. Thanks for your wonderful example of His provision along our journey. Timing is everything. Blessings for a wonderful year ahead with your new appliances. Enjoy! Susan


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