Best Laid Plans…
by Annette O’Hare
Last summer, a year in advance of our thirty-fifth anniversary, my husband and I began planning our dream vacation. We would fly from Houston, Texas to London, England where we would board a cruise ship and sail around the British Isles, making stops along the way. The day after we booked the trip, my husband was laid off his job after thirty-five years. We mutually decided to go forward with our vacation.
By February of 2020, our plans were booked and paid for, and our passports were up to date. We watched with anticipation for the countdown clock on our computer to announce we had zero days left until our vacation. It was the same month that COVID-19 kicked open America’s front door and took up residence. February was also when I started having pain in my left hip.
It’s only February, we reasoned. This will all be over before you know it. February led to March, and March led to quarantine, lockdown, a historic stock market crash, and businesses closing worldwide. Meanwhile, my hip pain worsened, and the cortisone shots weren’t helping. An MRI exposed a severely damaged hip joint. My only recourse would be a total hip replacement.
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
As visions of relaxing on a ship deck with my beloved faded from our future, I reflected on all that had happened. I called out to God, desperately trying to understand His plan when I couldn’t see it at all.
I asked Google to show me Bible verses about disappointment, and there it was, in black and white. Funny how when we look at our circumstances through His eyes, we realize how very little we see with our own.
- When my husband lost his job, we received a generous severance package that has sustained us throughout the corporate downturn.
- Today, workers losing jobs are receiving little to nothing.
- Had our vacation been booked for earlier in the year, we might have been booked on the cruise ship where ten passengers lost their lives due to COVID-19.
- Today, all cruise ships remain in dock.
- With my hip problem, our vacation would have been miserable, and the hip could have given out completely either onboard the ship or in a foreign country.
- Today, I am ten days post-op from successful hip replacement surgery.
Isaiah 55: 8-9 NIV says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Award-winning author, Annette O’Hare writes pre-teen mysteries and inspirational historical romance. Drawing on her background in drama and comedic sketch writing, Annette strives to reveal God’s love to readers of all ages while hopefully giving them a laugh or two. Annette and her husband Dan live north of Houston, Texas, and enjoy RVing, saltwater fishing, spending time with family, and their lovable rescue pets. Find out more at http://www.annetteohare.com