Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21
A few Saturdays ago was our 9th Annual Family Freedom Walk at America’s Keswick. Many of you followed us on social media and I am thankful for those of you who prayed, participated, and gave so that we can reach men and women in addiction.
Our financial goal this year was $65,000, and I have to say that in the beginning I was not thinking it was such a huge amount, but as the day approached – well let’s just say – I was starting to get a little nervous.
For several years we had rain predictions and a couple of walks it rained in the morning and then cleared. One year it rained everywhere but around America’s Keswick.
But this year the prediction was for Nor’easter with 100% rain all day. On Friday, the sun was shining all day and it was beautiful. Several people on our team wanted to have a Plan B, but I was really struggling. Could I not once again trust God with the day?
We mapped out Plan B and there was complete unity on the team with the plan. We decided that even if the sun came out, we would stick with our Plan B and go from there.
It not only rained on Saturday – it poured. And I mean poured. There was not let up at all. Apart from a miracle, there was no way that this was going to be a success. Well at least from my perspective.
We had hundreds of people praying and we saw God answer prayers in ways only traceable to HIS hand. He demonstrated His faithfulness and it was AMAZING.
Our Plan B turned out to be God’s Plan A. While we had fewer walkers, walking in the gym versus walking around the lake turned out to be so much fun. There was more buy-in from our addiction recovery grads and the men and women who are currently in the program. More people actually walked than just standing around. 95% of the group actually walked for an hour and fifteen minutes.
There was a lot of laughter, great fellowship, and we just had fun walking to the glory of God. But what would God do financially. After all, our goal was $10,000 higher than last year, we had less people, we had a lousy day weather wise.
My friend Dr. B used to say, “The Red Sea is before you – the Egyptian army is coming up behind. There are mountains on either side. Great honks! Things are ripe for a miracle.
When our CFO came to me with the paper with the financial totals, I had a deep settled peace that God would give us what He wanted us to receive from His good hand. He isn’t dependent on sunshine to provide. He really is dependent on is to raise the money. He’s God and we’re not.
To my amazement and for His glory – the total was $68,212!!! To God be the glory great things HE was done.
How often I plan and sweat and fret and fuss. His plans are far better than mine. He knows the BIGGER picture and is not limited to my puny brain and my mere plans.
I learned a big lesson. I need to trust Him with my plans and allow Him to do what only He can do.
Are the times when your Plan B turned out to be God’s Plan A? I’d love to hear your story.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
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This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious that gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 1:7