13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

James chapter 4, verses 13 through 15, from the New Living Translation

Yesterday I wrote about going to have a “stress” test. Well, on the way to Tuscaloosa (an hour’s drive), they called and said due to issues with their equipment, my test was canceled. A friend of mine suggested I charge them $50 for not giving me a 24 hour notice. And I replied, “Plus damages for pain and suffering of going without my coffee!” Then yesterday afternoon they called and told me to be there at 1:00 p.m. today. So here I am, another morning without my coffee. And here’s the Kingdom Lesson for today (and for me)!

James reminded us that our plans don’t always go as planned. Now, I know it wasn’t God’s will that my test be rescheduled. After all, I’m not a Calvinist nor a fatalist. Point is, plans change. I could have ranted and raved about the fact I was denied my lovely elixir of life–but it wouldn’t have changed anything. What I am learning from James is that human plans sometimes go south. Technical difficulties, supply issues, weather–you name it! It happens. But one thing that never changes is God’s Love and God’s plan for your life. And when life takes those unexpected detours, well His Love and His Plan is still in effect for your life. In all of your days–those cancelations and delays, disappointments and pains, the fears and the failures–you can count on God to be right there with you. And His plan isn’t affected by these kinds of things. Now, excuse me, I must convince my mind and body that this water I’m drinking is the same thing as my coffee. And I leave you with a song: