When God Has Other Plans
By Sarah Hamaker
Our school year started off like any other—excitement, anticipation, and varying degrees of enthusiasm from our four children. As a work-from-home freelance writer and parent coach, I was looking forward to having a quiet house once again after the hustle and bustle of summer.
But God had other plans.
On the first day of school, after sending our junior and sophomore daughters off to high school, one son off to seventh grade, and the other son to sixth grade, I settled into my workday in blessed silence. But by mid-morning, my husband had come home, having been laid off. It wasn’t totally unexpected, but, as the family breadwinner, losing a steady stream of income and our family’s health insurance was a little unsettling.
Knowing that, living that, breathing that in the good times gave us the strength to immediately praise God for His goodness in providing that job for nearly a dozen years. And we know that all things work together for the good of those who trust in him. The very next day, my husband dusted off his resume and began job hunting. We settled into the new reality of both of us at home during the day.
But God had other plans.
Just over a week after being let go, my husband had a medical emergency that necessitated a trip to the ER, followed quickly by a transfer to a hospital, emergency brain surgery, and a four -day stay in the hospital. At the front of this, I had to figure out health insurance for my husband. During this new crisis, our church family rallied even tighter around us with prayers and meals, support and hugs.
And we again praised God for his goodness to us. For providing health insurance just in time. For a quick diagnosis and corrective surgery. For my husband’s good recovery and the time to do so at a slower pace than he would have if he’d been employed.
Some would look at our September and see nothing but bad news. We chose to view the events as good news. Whatever happens, we’re promised that it’s for our good and God’s glory. We don’t know when my husband will find work or how long his full recovery will take. We don’t know why these two events happened close together.
But we don’t need to know. When God has other plans, it’s tempting to think it means God doesn’t care or that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to do. Right now, we’re clinging to God’s promises and in the knowledge that we are loved, we are cared for, and we will persevere.
As we head into Thanksgiving, we are indeed counting our blessings. Even in the midst of wants, we have plenty. And we are rejoicing in the other plans God has for us.
Sarah Hamaker has been spinning stories since she was a child. Her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her Christmas romantic suspense novella, Mistletoe & Murder, is out now. Her romantic suspense novel,Dangerous Christmas Memories, comes out in November 2019. She also won the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for romantic suspense. Sarah is a member of ACFW and the ACFW Virginia Chapter, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four children, and three cats. Connect with her at sarahhamakerfiction.com.
Alec Stratman comes home to Twin Oaks, Virginia, after his Army retirement to contemplate his reentry into civilian life. Instead he’s greeted with the murder of his beloved Great-Aunt Heloise.
For Isabella Montoya, the loss of Heloise Stratman Thatcher goes beyond the end of a job. Heloise had encouraged Isabella to follow her dreams and helped fund her studies. Now, accused of her mentor’s murder, Isabella is scrambling to prove her innocence.
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Will Isabella and Alec be able to navigate the secrets that threaten to derail their budding romance and uncover the truth about Heloise’s death before the killer strikes again?
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