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Life in plan B
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I used to carry a pocket sized address book/calendar combination so I could keep up with my daily plans. Usually, I get a new one in January and excitedly write down appointments, birthdays and family events so that I can schedule around them. Well, great plan.

There are so many scratches and arrows pointing to changes that I have to toss this little guide into the trash. The cute little clip art along the sides are covered. Instead of a calendar, it looks more like a football playbook.

It shouldn't be such a surprise. Changes in plans are pretty normal. When I was in my twenties, I looked into becoming a park ranger, professional clown or funeral director. God knew best: I'm afraid of bees, can't juggle and cry much too easily. I am so grateful that God, in all of His wisdom, designed a plan B.

I fit in it so much better.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," (Jer. 29:11 NAB, NIV).

Lisa Hetzel can be reached at