Brenda’s Blog – December 5, 2017
Gram, this isn’t good – you are in the B lane.”
As we got in the Whataburger line I expected a wait because the line was longer than usual. However, after we ordered the voice said, “Get in the B lane.” I had no idea what she meant until Colby pointed out the side track with a large “B” painted on it.
We waited and waited, watching car after car move through the A lane. Eventually, our food was delivered by a young, shining worker. I am sure the newest hires get the job of delivering to those not-so-happy B laners!
Then I started thinking about the other B lanes in my life when I felt like I was pulled out of the main flow. It isn’t easy seeing others receive promotions clearly you deserved, or being a single woman celebrating with friends at their weddings, or even listening to stories of great ways God has used them.
“I want to be in the A lane!” But is that right? Does being pulled to the side necessarily mean second class? Absolutely not. In fact, on that Sunday morning it gave me more time with my grandson – and a memory to laugh about.
“How are you doing?” “This wouldn’t have been my Plan A, but God’s Plan B is a great blessing.” My friend’s husband died in a plane crash while serving a Christian ministry. She raised children and completed a seminary degree afterwards, receiving high honors. Later on, she did remarry very happily. It made me think about God’s plan for our lives. As a strong believer in His sovereignty I am not sure I think there is ever a Plan B in His mind – everything is what He ordained. But understanding that changes in life have a feel of plan shifts I totally understand her answer.
God is so good. Whatever He brings into our lives is for our growth. Learning opportunities are everywhere – whether in the B lane of Whataburger, or facing dramatic events like widowhood. Learning to trust isn’t easy and certainly takes lots of lab time. But He is faithful, just, and patient – and seemingly eager to give us just what we need to grow in grace.