Last week my husband and I closed on our new home. A three bedroom ranch out in the country, perfect for what we needed. Our plans were to unload our van with the stuff we’ve been hauling around for the last month, and go shopping for the items we needed to sustain us for the ten days until the pods containing our possessions would be delivered.
My adapted version of Robert Burns famous quote says it all, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often run amuck.” How often have you mapped out your entire day to only have your schedule crumble like a handful of dried leaves on a fall day? I suspect it occurs quite often if your life is anything like mine.Which in this case is exactly what happened. When we went to the house, papers signed and keys in hand, the sellers were still in the process of moving out! They had put the house on the market six months prior to us buying it and they admitted they left everything to do until the last minute. There were boxes all over the house, piles of discarded items littered the floor, and the refrigerator had yet to be emptied of the leftovers stashed inside a week prior.
As writers, this is what we should do to our characters—take them through the unexpected. Always let their plans fail. In other words, tip their world upside down.
But in real life it’s a little harder to take. Yes we got in our house, albeit two days after we signed the papers, but we’re there now, cleaning out cupboards, washing walls, and getting ready for our furniture--that has been packed away since April--to arrive.As Christians, it’s nice to know God’s plans never fail. I won’t have to sit on the curbs made of gold to wait for my mansion in heaven to be built or vacated. I won’t need to clean up after another family because He is making it especially for me. I’d like to think there will be gardens for me to tend and perhaps a bike path nearby. (There I go planning again—you’d think I’d learn.) But whatever it is, I know everything about it will be perfect—unlike my recent move. Why?
Because God is making the plans for me.