Thursday, March 30, 2017

Change of Plans: Hail -- No!!

When I posted on Monday (the day after the major hailstorm here in Frisco), about the opportunities that can come from a storm, I didn't realize that it would apply to not only my grandkids and those friends who get extra work when storms come, but it would be applicable to me, too! Here's what I've come to know: more often than not, when I post my blog messages each day, I may be pointing at you, but four fingers are pointing back at me!

If you've kept up with me, and my whereabouts, you'd know that my plans were to be closing on my home in Frisco on March 31st and moving in on April 1st. That was before the hailstorm that turned out to be considered a catastrophic disaster to homes in the area because it came with tornadic winds that shot the tennis ball size hail, like bullets, into roofs, vents, guttering, windows, air conditioners, garage doors, and pergolas. I just described the estimated $30K to $40K of damages to the home I am buying.

I'll admit I'm disappointed that the closing date and move to my home is now in a state of uncertainty. I've been counting the days and I had everything neatly organized -- utilities, movers, internet, TV, security system, and several other components of the move were all set, but now they've all been postponed.

I've said that I'm a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind-of-gal, but this time I was organized with a precise plan. And now, I'm preaching a sermon once again with one finger pointing at you and four more back at me. No matter who we are, life can throw some crazy curve balls....er....hail balls at us that completely takes us off course and off our perfectly laid-out plans. It really can jar our faith when stuff happens that we didn't plan. But, what I've learned through this current status of change, and many before now, is we don't have to understand the plan or the changes to the plan to know God has a purpose for it all, including hailstorms. He is always ahead of us and proving time and time again "All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.

Sunshine or Hailstorm -- keeping our hearts open to the opportunities that God provides us, as well as trusting in His sovereignty -- that He knows what's best for us, is the best plan. The good news to my story is blessings. The sellers of the home had to file a claim on their insurance, and hopefully, all those items I mentioned in the 2nd paragraph above, will be replaced and they'll all be brand new -- another one of those blessings in disguise. Yes, blessings sometime come through raindrops.....in my case, HAIL....YES!! Proverbs 9:20 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." Indeed, sometimes our plans don't work out because God has better ones.