Why don’t things go to plan!

Do you ever find yourself trying to do something, but one obstacle after another comes your way to prevent you from doing what you had planned to do? I found this to be true, twice this past week. And I found it very frustrating indeed. I think I might have even ‘lost it’ once or twice, but please don’t tell anyone.

For example, I had the car packed and ready to go to our MYB (Men, Youth, Boys) Camp, last Friday afternoon, but leading up to it, one thing after another happened, making it extremely stressful to get going on time.

These are some of the things that happened in the 24 hours prior: our pool pump decided to fail; our bathroom sink decided to block up; our NBN went off (that’s pretty normal); our water went off (don’t know why); one of the catches on our tailgate broke and so I couldn’t close the tailgate (now that makes driving to The Tablelands for the MYB Camp a bit tricky); and the battery charger for our additional battery that runs our Engel Fridge failed (that too makes camping a little difficult).

And the above is not an exaggeration – just ask my wife Sue. So, one by one I fixed the above, except the tailgate (I improvised!). And finally, yes finally, drove off, but about 5km down the road, guess what? Suddenly, I had an awful feeling overcome me – I felt very clammy and went pale and thought I was going to be sick. I stopped for a while and tried to relax thinking that I was just stressed and that’s all. I then started feeling dizzy, rather than feeling better, so I hightailed it home, and spent the next hour close to our toilet.

In the end, I didn’t go to the Camp that day. Instead, I just went up for the last day. I was so annoyed about it all. I was never physically sick, but every time I stood up, I felt like I would be.

So, what do I make of it all, besides the problems being ‘first world’ ones? I don’t think our Lord wanted me to go, when I had planned to go. And I am convinced of that now. I don’t really know why, perhaps it was to protect me from something. Anyway, it’s times like these that I’ve just got to trust him, and not keep ‘kicking against the goads’.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)                                                                        




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September 13, 2020