When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

At the end of May I had a mini holiday down to Melbourne – a long awaited break, just down for three days to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It’s taken me a while to share about this trip because, well, this post isn’t quite what I was hoping to write. Don’t get me wrong – it was a great trip and I have some great memories but, well, you know… I had an expectation of what it would be like and it did not meet up to that at all.

My phone died. 15min after take-off and at 90% battery it died. That’s all that it took to throw my carefully laid plans up in the air. It had been an ongoing issue with an old phone and I just hadn’t gotten around to replacing the phone yet. Now not having a phone didn’t ruin anything really, it just made some things more difficult and changed the focus on my time that I had by myself in the city. I had planned to go shopping, take a heap of photos of the scenic Melbourne CBD with the leaves turning etc. etc. But I had to let go of what I thought I would be doing, of my ‘ideal’ and just do what needed to be done.Β 

We all have these great plans for how our day, week and well lets face it, even life, will go (or maybe is that just me?? Haha). And the risk I often face is that if something doesn’t go to plan that I get resigned to the fact and I can’t enjoy myself because I wasn’t in control. I then sulk – super mature response, I know, haha! I either tend to withdraw or get super anxious.

I am thankful that I have scriptures to turn to for comfort and encouragement. I love this verse because it reminds me that I don’t need to be in control or have each situation perfect, because the Lord is the one in control and in that I can be content, through Him.

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Philippians 4:11 (NKJV)


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