“Have a Grace Day!” was a small word of encouragement that I texted to a friend a few weeks of ago. I meant to send “Have a great day” but thought it was a “sign” when “great” auto-corrected to “grace.” However, I realize that having a “grace” day might mean not following my original plans.
I’ll admit that I like things organized and I am a planner. I always have a plan for my day with plan A (the best one) and plan B (the backup plan when plan A fails). For example, I always watch the traffic and weather on the news in the morning, so I can make sure I plan for the sun, cold, rain, etc. Plan B for me is to always keep an umbrella and jacket in my car just in case my plan A doesn’t work out. It makes a lot of sense to my mind that I like to stay prepared for just about anything. I’ll admit it can sometimes be stressful planning so much, but it works for me…for now.
But what happens when Plans A and B don’t work out? That’s why there is plan G. The G stands for God’s grace. Over the years, I have learned that sometimes plans A, B, C, etc. don’t work and it’s sometimes a good thing. Having to rely on plan G (God’s Grace), means that I stop putting so much faith in my man-made (or woman made) plan and start relying more on the Grace of God. I’ve also learned over the years that even though we have the best intentions planning things out, sometimes planning things out leaves little room for God’s wonderful grace to surprise us and allow things to happen in the way that He intended.
For example, I think the story of Ruth in the Old Testament is a good illustration of Plan G. Chapter 1 of Ruth describes how after Ruth was widowed and the original plan was for her to return to her family. However, Plan G went into effect and she was determined to stay with her mother in law Naomi. Staying with her mother in law seemed odd because Naomi did not have another son for Ruth to marry. But God had another plan and it was all about his grace showing up in Ruth’s life. As the chapter continues, Ruth remarries Boaz, her wealthy kinsman redeemer, and gives birth to Naomi’s grandchild who ends up being King David’s grandfather, Obed.
This story reminds us of the truth in Hebrews 4:16 which encourages “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This story also reminds us that letting go of our plans (and desire to control everything) means accepting and making room for Plan G (God’s grace). This also allows us to trust in God’s plan as well as receive unexpected blessings, protection and favor.
Shewanda Riley is a Dallas, Texas based author of “Love Hangover: Moving from Pain to Purpose After a Relationship Ends” and “Writing to the Beat of God’s Heart: A Book of Prayers for Writers.” Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @shewanda.