God’s got a plan – Happy Easter and my unintended vacation

God has a plan

Having a set plan, schedule, or list is my recipe for sanity in life. I love a plan. I’m about as happy as the cat who fell into the pool when my plans get changed…so when I plan for, oh, say having a baby, I expect nine months before that baby gets here. That’s the schedule for a baby. Everyone knows that. Babies should know that. Well, apparently my little miss hasn’t gotten the memo. So, I’m taking a very un-planned vacation in my local hospital trying my best to get the little dear educated on such matters…or maybe God’s just trying to get me educated on a few things, come to think of it. Apparently things like patience, trust, faith, and prayer all need as much practice as I give to all my schedule writing. Who knew? I won’t go into a ton of detail, but it turns out my little girl number three is having some pretty significant growth delay due to an uncooperative placenta. Further observation shows that her heart rate is having a bit of time keeping steady. The jury is still out at this point whether I will be able to sit tight and keep her cooking for a few more weeks, or if it would better for her to go ahead and be born. As I am only 27 weeks with an extra small baby, now is really not the most optimal time for her to be making her grand appearance if you get my drift.

And so I get to be patient. And watch little yellow numbers flashing at me to tell me she’s ok. And pray a bunch. And trust that God knows what’s best for my family, and He’s taking care of things even better than all this amazing medical staff that’s been waiting on me hand and foot. Because there is one thing I know for a fact about God, and that is that He likes to make plans too.

Today is Easter, the day that represents the best made plan in history. This day represents how God took the mess called sin and created victory over it. Sin was man’s choice, but God in His mercy made a plan to free us from having to live under it’s power, and it’s ultimate eternal ruin. He planed us a way out, through His son Jesus Christ who paid sin’s debt for us by taking the punishment for sin on Himself. Easter represents how even the worst possible thing, death, was made into just a door for more life. Even death, the horrible result of man’s choice to sin, has a place in God’s plan.

When the doctors here tell me, just doing their jobs as doctors, that my little one has a chance of not making it…they are telling me the worst case scenario. It could happen. Couldn’t dying happen to anyone, anytime, on any day? Certainly! Accidents, illness, and tragedy don’t always wait until a person is ninety seven to strike, and we don’t always get the benefit of an advanced warning. Is death the worst thing that can happen? Not if you know the plan. The plan God gave us includes a wonderful thing called choice. We get to choose to accept his payment for our sin and have the solid assurance of knowing eternal life is just beyond that door of death…or we can choose to ignore the plan and deal with a death that never looses it’s grip and never stops for all eternity. There are two choices, and not because God is sadistic or controlling. If He was any of those things He would have left us to be doomed to the punishment required by the sin we chose as humans, the plan we made ourselves. But today is Easter. And He didn’t only leave us one choice.

I love the words that the angel told to the ladies who came to Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matt 28:6). Don’t you love that?…”as he said”…there were no surprises here. I bet that angle was slightly amused and was probably thinking, “What are you doing here people?! He already told you He wasn’t going to be here today!” He had it all completely under control before anybody ever laid a finger on Him. I fully subscribe to the notion that any life is valuable, even those in the womb, and we will make every effort humanly possible for this little one pounder to arrive in a timely and healthy fashion…but if things happen outside of our control, I’m fairly confident that the God who planed out the miracle of Easter in every perfect detail, has got a pretty good idea of what He is doing with a little person He gave life to at the very start. And just as He has a plan for my little girl, He’s got one for you and your troubles too. I’ll just bet you won’t find anything more comforting than that to munch on in your Easter basket!

P.S. As you might guess, this little hospital stay has thrown a slight wrench into my blogging schedule. Unless they want to let me out of bed to do a paint job on these amazing green walls for them, I think my DIYing days are over for the time being. Further posts will be subject to whatever decisions will be made regarding my pregnancy. Thank you for understanding and hope to see you around soon! Happy Easter!

  Psalms 139:1-18   O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

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15 Responses to God’s got a plan – Happy Easter and my unintended vacation

  1. Katie says:

    Oh Abby. My prayers are with you ,your husband your girls and your Little Miss. God is faithful and promises that even before we are born He has a plan. I know you take assurance in that and I know it is difficult to not worry.

    Heavenly Father we know you have a perfect plan for Abby and her family. Lord I pray that you will wrap your loving arms around them. Help them to feel your loving, healing presence. Lord we lift Your name up high. In your Precious name. Amen

  2. Kathy E. says:

    Abby, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. As we know, God’s plan isn’t always our plan. He will keep you in his care. Be patient and know that you are in good hands!

  3. Kathy E. says:

    Abby, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. As we know, God’s plan isn’t always our plan. He will keep you in his care. Be patient and know that you are in good hands!

  4. Rachel says:

    Hey Abby! I know you don’t know me, but my husband Adam Pereira sent me a link to your blog this morning. I’m 29 weeks along with our third too and wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you during this time. I’ll be praying for rest, patience, and continued dependence on His sovereign plan. I’m following your blog now, so I’ll be checking back for more ways to be praying for you!!

  5. Vickie says:

    I am a relatively new reader of your great blog! Praying for you and your precious little girl as well as the medical staff and your family. Your post was beautiful! The one constant in life is that God is in control and His plan is perfect even when it may not coincide with our plans at the time. Praying for peace and freedom from worrying these coming days. May He fill you and your family with the peace that passes all understanding! God bless you!

  6. Abby, your faith and trust in God at such a difficult time are wonderful, and so encouraging, as is your blog. You all will be in my prayers in the following days…:)

  7. pam in illinois says:

    Sending good thoughts your way. I will be thinking of you and your family. I will be checking in to see how you are doing. Hoping all will be well. Take care. pam

  8. Cindy Bowman says:

    Hi Abby,
    You may not even remember me…but we use to give you, your brother and sisters rides to school and or church sometimes…please know we are praying for you and your family…Cindy bowman

  9. Marsha Oller says:

    I recently happened upon your blog and enjoy following along with your DIY projects. This blog post touched my heart. What a beautiful positive outlook you have….that is what real faith is, being able to completely trust God in the most difficult of circumstances. I will be praying for you, your baby and family. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think! :)

  10. lisa says:

    Hi Abby, just missing you and your blog…I pray God is taking care of you and your family. May you continue to feel His loving arms around you… Blessing to you my sister in Christ.

  11. lisa says:

    Hi, just want to say I miss yours blog and I pray you are doing well….. Love your sister in Christ.

  12. susie says:

    I keep checking in to see how you are doing! I came across your blog a while back and have truly enjoyed reading all your posts. I am praying for you and will continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors, peace and comfort for you, strength and endurance for your husband, and that your little girls will feel love and care while you are in the hospital!

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