Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Plan B by Pete Wilson

photo courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishing

If you have ever felt like your life isn't quite working out the way that you had planned, then this book is DEFINITELY for you! For those of you that know me, know that I'm a planner. I have a plan for everything and this includes life. Rob and I were going to get married and be married for about 5 years. We were going to start trying to conceive at the 5 year mark and by the end of 2008 we would have our own bundle of joy. Well, here we are in the middle of 2010 and we are still childless. Boy, did my plan work or what? :) Today I can sit here and smile about it because God definitely has shown me who's boss (and it's NOT me)! As most of you have read or know, we have begun the adoption process and really have no idea when we will be blessed with a child. It is all in God's timing. This has been a long road so far and we can't see the end yet. However, I have learned so much during this journey so far and I can only imagine what is still left for me to learn.

Plan B by Pete Wilson is a book that will ALWAYS be within my reach. I read the book over a month ago and still refer back to it on some of the "dark" days. Don't get me wrong, I don't sit and feel sorry for myself that things haven't "worked out" the way that I wanted. But I do have moments of aggravation or just plain ol' bitterness. Pete Wilson, the lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, has written this book to answer the question, "What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would?" Sometimes he just puts it bluntly. At one point he says, "I think we often treat God like we do a vending machine. When you walk up to a vending machine, you expect to insert the appropriate amount of money, press the correct number or code, and out will pop whatever you were hungry for. The whole process takes about forty-five seconds." How true is this? We feel that if we "do right" and "act right" that God should help us out, even give us what we want.

I truly believe that God's plan is bigger and better than my plan would have been! I absolutely cannot wait to see what God's plan is for us! One of my favorite parts of the book discusses the Saturday between the Good Friday that Jesus was crucified and Easter Sunday when he arose. Wilson points out the "Saturday seems like a day when nothing is happening. It's a day of questioning, doubting, wondering, and definitely waiting. It's the day of helplessness and hoplessness. It's a day when we begin to wonder if God is asleep at the wheel or simply powerless to do anything about our problems." He goes on to explain that Saturday is actually a day of preparation! When I read his description of "Saturday" it spoke to me and I think about it every day. I'm smack dab in the middle of my Saturday and just patiently awaiting God's will!

And that is EXCITING!

Here's a video of Pete Wilson discussing what Plan B is all about:

I promise that if you feel like things just aren't going the way that you wanted them to go, you NEED to read this book!

I'll leave you with my favorite passage from the book:

"You've got to stop looking at your shattered dreams and your unmet expectations as something God is doing to you. He's not doing something to you. But he might be doing something through you. He might be doing something in you."


pete wilson said...

Thanks for the post Nichole. So glad God used the book in your life and it was helpful.