"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" Proverbs 19:21
I opened up Google Reader a few days ago to catch up on my blogs. I was casually reading, scrolling through rather fast, when I read a blog, and literally gasped out loud. Paul was sitting across the room and wanted to know what in the world was going on. The first sentence of the blog was what had made me gasp. The writer wrote:
"I am sitting in my neighbors house because my house is gone, blown away in the tornadoes last night".
She, and her family (which included a 3 week old baby) along with several neighbors, rode out the storm in their basement. When it was over, they went up the stairs, into nothing but rubble. A few miles away, good friends of theirs rode out the storm in their home. The father felt the storm upon them and threw himself on his children in order to protect them. He did and he lost his life.
I found myself wondering what they had planned to do today. Did they plan to have a workday in the yard? Maybe a fun family outing. Maybe Saturday was their day to bake or run errands or catch up on laundry. Whatever it was, I am certain they did not plan to be homeless. I am certain that Mrs. Lee did not plan to be thinking about a funeral for her husband. I'm certain that they did not plan to try and find temporary housing and secure clothing for their families.
Plans are a funny thing. We have to make them in order to live organized and productive lives. However, we must always remember Whose plans will prevail.