When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

I am a planner by nature. I like to anticipate what’s ahead and have a game plan in place. Whether it’s planning for an event, a trip or daily activities, I’m the girl with the itinerary, schedules, confirmation #s and calendar all ready to go and prepared.

Being spontaneous has a time and place, but in my mind, if there’s a plan in place, there’s no reason to stray from it.

I alluded in my post earlier this week that we’ll be lucky if we get to move into our house by the end of this year. This is not part of the original plan.

When Things Don't Go According to Plan

To give you a little timeline recap, we bought our house back in December 2013. It took a couple months for permits to come in so work didn’t start until the end of February/early March. At that time, we were told it would take 6-8 months to complete all the work with it being closer to the 6 month timeframe.

Well, if you just did the math, that basically means we should be living in the house as we speak.

Instead, the house still looks like this inside.

House Framed

To make a long story short, mistakes were made that are needing to be fixed before the next stage of construction can take place. Because of that, our move-in date continues to be pushed further and further back.

While things have started to pick up and go in the right direction, this has been a tough realization for this planner.

Because I’m a planner, I had already envisioned having family over for the holidays, already planned out where my new Christmas decorations would go {I bought a lot of new stuff for the house the day after Christmas last year} and had all sorts of exciting blog posts planned when it comes to decorating and furnishing the house.

Don't Go As Planned


While this isn’t part of MY personal plan, it is part of His plan. There’s someone bigger and more powerful in control of the situation and I’m choosing to see the blessings and positives behind it instead of dwelling on the negative.

Blessing # 1: For starters, we have gracious landlords that are willing to let us go month to month with our lease, knowing we aren’t sure when the house will be finished.

Blessing #2; Renting for a few more months also allows us to continue saving more money that we can invest into paying off the house before having to start paying our mortgage.

Blessing # 3: The first year of marriage is so important for a couple and we’ve got to spend some really sweet time together in our small little rental. Staying here a few more months just means we get to have more sweet moments together in our tiny quarters without the responsibilities of maintaining a house yet.

Seeing the blessings when things don’t go according to plan is what we should all do. Maybe you didn’t get the job you really wanted or can’t seem to sell your house. Maybe you desperately want to have children or get married but neither are in the cards for you right now. All these things are tough and can be hard to swallow. You probably had a plan in mind for all of these things and it may seem like you’ve gone off the path.



But, there is a plan in place, it’s just not the plan you created for yourself. More than likely there is a reason you didn’t get that job because a better one more suited for you will present itself. A change in your financial situation or life event that is about to occur could be the reason your house isn’t selling. And the timing for marriage and kids could be in the future, but there’s a reason it’s just not happening right now.

I think for a lot of us {myself included}, we like to have a plan in place because it allows us to feel in control. When things don’t go according to our plans, things and situations are now out of our control which can be scary.

Through this renovation process, it’s not only teaching me patience, but also helping me to learn to trust. Trust that God’s in control, not me. And His plan is far greater than any of my plans.

So we may not be in our house until the beginning of 2015, but the fact is, we’ll be spending many decades {hopefully} in this house so we have plenty of time to enjoy it.

When have things not gone according to plan for you? How do you handle those situations? 

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  1. says

    I love this post. Such a great reminder that even when things don’t go according to our plan, things are never out of His control. I hope that things can continue to go swiftly and that you can get to use your new Christmas decorations this year! 🙂


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