Does God have a back up plan?
I like making plans. Every day I decide what I want to accomplish and what else I might accomplish if things go well. For complicated projects, I often have contingency plans, for when things don’t go well, tasks that can be delayed and other tasks that can be accelerated if a needed item does not arrive on time.
But, what about God? Does God have backup plans for when we humans fail to meet divine expectations?
I’d like to think that most days my Plan A lines up with building God’s kingdom. But I have a Plan B when things fall apart.
But I have come to realize that when my plans fall apart it’s because I have focused too much on God’s backup plan, a plan that may have seemed less than optimal. Only then do I begin to turn towards God’s Plan A.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. — Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)