Twenty years ago my parents pastored a small church in Laramie, Wyoming.
Spring was a fickle season. One week a mid-spring blizzard wiggles down the mountains but when the snow melts scores of wildflowers yawn through the soil. The weather shifted so often that it was nearly impossible to guess at breakfast what the temperature would be like after lunch.
The closer we inched into late spring and early summer the less this was true, of course, but after seven or eight months of snow people do grow restless. Maybe this was why church attendance slumped when the weather grew more reliable?
Occasionally Sunday morning would come and go without anyone outside of our nuclear family showing up for church.We always waited for them. A few times one or two people did show up late and Dad would proceed with the worship music and sermon he had prepared the night before.
When no one came we did other stuff. Dad might sing favourite songs with us or the entire family may have gone to a local park. To be honest I don’t remember all of our alternate plans for those few hours, only that there was always a plan B, C and D if the original one didn’t work out.
Today’s questions are purposefully vague. Apply them to anything and everything. I’ve been asking “what if this doesn’t work out the way I think it will?” for years and have only had to fall back onto alterative plans a few times. It feels better to be prepared, though.
Have you made back-up plans? Have you ever needed to use one or more of them? What happens if those plans also don’t work out?