Today’s Scripture: Go to now, ye that say, to day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. James 4:13-15

An inmate serving a life-sentence had been delicately planning an escape for years and determined that the only way out of prison was to fake her own death. After becoming good friends with the elderly caretaker, she developed a plan to set him up with retirement money if he could just get her out in a casket alive. Plan A was to be placed in the coffin with an inmate who had passed away and stay in the casket until brought to the gravesite for the prison. Then the caretaker would unseal it. Plan B was made just in case the caretaker was being watched. he would begin burying her until no one was around. The night for the escape came, and all went as planned. She lay in the coffin motionless and heard the dirt being dumped on the casket. She assumed it was plan B until it became hard to breathe in the casket. As she waited, she lit a match to see who was in there with her. At that moment, Plan B turned into Plan Z: begin yelling as loudly as possible. The body was the caretaker’s.

Sometimes in the Christian life, our plans don’t work out, and we end up going with plan Z. We need to write our plans in pencil, and let God hold the pen. The truth is that about 90% of Christianity is flexibility. If anyone in the Bible personified flexibility, it was the Apostle Paul. I am sure that Paul was not planning on there being so many issues for him to deal with in the Corinthian church. He for sure would not have chosen the timing in which they occurred. From November to February the weather on the sea was very risky. Even though he knew both the journey and the destination would be rough, he wasn’t going to let that stop him. It was a risky plan, but he knew he had to go. Would you sail on perilous waters to go to Corinth and deal with all of those issues?

God’s will usually involves several different paths. Often, it isn’t cut and dry. It doesn’t mean you are out of His will when circumstances and situations change. There are people that are so tentative and careful that they don’t make a decision. That behavior doesn’t do anything beneficial for the Lord-it is paralyzing. Then there’s the impulsive person who doesn’t consider the impact of their hasty decisions. There needs to be a balance of both no matter what your personality. Some doors you can’t hesitate to go through while others do require time and prayer. Get Godly counsel, and leave the results to the Lord. Don’t let opportunities for God pass you by. There will be hardship, adversaries, and persecution, but don’t let them discourage you. God’s plan Z will always be better than your plan B.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.