DAY 96: Monday 22 June
CHANGE OF PLANS
Good morning everyone
Back at the beginning of the year, Karen and I sat down to plan our caravanning trips for the year. Had those plans been fulfilled, this morning we would have been packing up at a lovely campsite in Lochranza on the north west corner of the island of Arran preparing to board the small ferry across to the Mull of Kintyre to continue our holiday near Campbeltown…. BUT…. because of Covid-19, our carefully planned holiday is cancelled. This morning we’re not on the west coast of Scotland, we’re still here at home in the West Midlands. We still don’t know when we will be able to hitch up our holiday home behind the car, but whenever that may be, I’m sure we will enjoy regardless of the weather!
Plans are often changed, sometimes relatively painlessly such as having to change a planned route when the road ahead is blocked or having to postpone a walk in the countryside because of the weather; nothing more than an inconvenience, rather like our cancelled holiday plans. But at other times, changes to plans are much more serious and often life changing. Millions of people across this country and around the world have seen their plans for 2020 dramatically changed. Holidays, moving house, sitting school exams and graduations and career changes. For other people, important planned hospital diagnosis and treatments have been postponed, sometimes with serious consequences.
For much of the past year Karen’s niece has been planning her wedding for the beginning of September. The church ceremony, reception, wedding dress and all the other many other arrangements are planned, but even now, just 10 weeks away, she is uncertain if the wedding can go ahead as planned.
Many plans for the Chapel have had to be changed over the past 3 months – 14 Sunday services and visiting speakers since March have already been cancelled. The last Coffee Morning was on 17 March, and the last time Ladies Hour and Lodge Ladies met is even longer. Mainly4Men last met for a film night on 24 February and the last and only 3GF minibus trip so far this year was to Wedgwood on 19 Feb and since then, we’ve had to cancel 5 other planned minibus trips.
Building work to improve accessibility was planned to start in the Spring although that would have caused some disruption, especially for all the groups using the back rooms of the Chapel. Our original plans had to be postponed until we finally learned last week that we can now proceed with the works which, all being well, should commence next month. So, despite the frustration of the original plans being delayed, the building work should now be able to be completed without any disruption to regular Chapel meetings and activities.
We read in the Bible of plans that were changed –
Gideon was leading his army of 30,000 fighting men to defeat the army of Midian but God instructed Gideon to change his planned strategy and reduce his fighting force to only 300 men who were victorious.
The prophet Jonah was on his way west across the Mediterranean escaping God’s instruction to go east and preach to the city of Nineveh. A massive storm and Jonah ending up being swallowed by a big fish and finally landing back on a beach near where he had set off all led to a change of plan for Jonah who then went where God had told him in the first place.
Jesus praying to his Heavenly Father from Gethsemane prayed earnestly that there might be a change of plan, a plan B instead of him having to die on a cross.
Matthew 26:39 - Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
When plans have to be changed, it can, at the very least, be inconvenient, sometimes annoying, and occasionally perhaps devastating. Humans make plans that are dependent on too many factors outside human control. But if we could be in control of all the elements, then we could more confidently make plans. Alternatively, we can trust God to make plans and promises that are 100% guaranteed.
Jeremiah 29:11 - 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.
A Hymnalong about our God who creates and perfectly fulfils his plans >>> YOU’RE THE WORD OF GOD THE FATHER
No further news updates received for today
MAKE YOU SMILE: (thanks to Mike Kemble)
I visited my daughter the other day and asked her if I could borrow a newspaper.
‘Dad, this is the 21st century, we don’t use newspapers, here use my ipad’.
That fly never knew what hit it!
The Egyptian government has instructed city taxi drivers to drive around Cairo sounding their horns. It’s hoped that such a return to familiar city noise will help to restore calm amongst the inhabitants following the pandemic. Operation TOOT N CARM EM will last for a week.