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If you have ever been walking down the path you had planned for your life and come to a roadblock that kept you from continuing to fulfill the plan you had, then you will appreciate this book!

As someone who is facing a “Plan B” in my life at the moment, it was refreshing to read the stories presented in the book (Biblical references and personal references from Pete) and see that there are others that are facing an end to the path that they had planned as their “Plan  A” as God takes them down another path that may hurt at first, but also prepares them for who He wants them to be for the rest of their lives.

Pete’s writing is simple and down to earth, and is very genuine, not preachy.  I it easy to provide a bunch of Scriptures and tell someone that everything will work out for good.  But to hear stories of how people, including the author, faced and end to their own plans and embraced what God has for them is a great inspiration and compels you to seek out God’s Plan A.

I really appreciated what Pete wrote about Joshua and the Children of Israel as Joshua takes the mantle from Moses and prepares to lead the people. Pete writes:

God is just giving him a little pregame pep talk: “Joshua, just remember what you know.  Be strong. Be courageous. And whatever you do, don’t forget I am with you.”

God has a few words for Joshua’s people as well: “Don’t live in fear. I don’t want you to make the same mistake you parents did. Listen to me, pay attention to my instructions, and everything will work out for you.

Finally, God makes the whole nation a promise: “If you trust me, if you’ll follow me, I’ll be with you. Every place you set your foot in that land, I’ve already gone ahead of you. My power will be available for you. You’re not going to have to undertake the rest of your life on the power of just your own resources.”

Here is the deal, and really the point of the book.  What you consider to be “Plan A” in your life may never happen. If it does not, we need to remember that God is sovereign, that He is in control, that He works from the future back and has already been where we are headed. As long as we trust Him and follow Him, what we may consider to be “Plan B” will actually be what God intended for us from the very beginning.

You can read a sample of the book by clicking on this link.

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to review this book, which was provided to me by Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze.

We are now about 3 months into our “not on a church staff” journey.  There have moments that have been intensely difficult for me, and moments that have been very refreshing.  I am really focused on learning what God has for me to learn during this time of “wandering” (so to say).  I know that God has a plan…

I have no intention of staying out of “full-time” ministry.  In fact, I am more convinced of my call than ever. Even if it is not full time right now, I am serving Him and trying to make a difference in the lives of people that I come in contact with.  By the way, that is the call on all of our lives as Christ followers.  We are to help others take their next steps towards Christ, and to advance God’s Global Glory!

I am being very transparent here.  So as you read this, I hope it helps you rather than makes you think less of me.  (Not that what people think of me matters, I am focused on what God thinks.)

  • There have been moments that I have just wept at the fact that I am not going into the office every day to serve in a church in a full-time capacity.  It is easy to take God’s call on your life for-granted.  If you are serving God in full time ministry, be thankful of that, and count it as a blessing.  You are in a position to have great impact and influence on the lives of people. Use that wisely.
  • It can be difficult to juggle my work life and my church life, but it can be done.  You can have a job and still attend service and be involved in a ministry.  You just have to make it a priority.  Being in this position has allowed me to see that it can be difficult, but also that it can be done.  You can be as involved serving in ministry as you want to be.
  • My wife and kids mean more to me than they ever have.  The situation that we find ourselves in at the moment is far from ideal or what we had planned for our lives at this stage, but I am so proud of the way that Jennifer and the kids have responded. They are a great gift from God to me!
  • This is a time of great growth for me.  Things that I have done for 20 years are taking on new meaning and shape in my life. Songs that sung have more meaning than ever. The teaching of God’s Word is transforming me more than ever.  Relationships  that I have with people are more precious.  My focus to reach people is more clear.  God is shaping me into what I need to be for Him.  I relish that change and pray that it continues.
  • I love doing life with my wife.  She works so hard and has such a great attitude about our “wilderness.”  She inspires me and keeps me focused, especially on my “low” days.  What a gift I have in her!

I have no idea how long this “wilderness wandering” will last for us.  I am not even so sure I should call it that, because even though I may think of it as wandering, God has a great plan.  He is faithful, and will teach us what we need to learn in this stage.  I am leaning into that big time!

Divine Detour

Jason Petermann  —  January 19, 2010 — 1 Comment

Ok, I promise, this is the last post on Mark Batterson’s Wild Goose Chase.  God is just so good to encourage and motivate with the right words at the right time in your journey, and this was too good not to post.  Hopefully is can be an encouragement to someone else as it was to me…

“Tired of divine delays?  Feel like your life is a divine detour?  Let me remind you of three things: (1) The longer you have to wait, the more you will appreciate; (2) sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is hang in there; and (3) a sense of humor can get you through just about anything.  And one more thing, no matter how crazy the Wild Goose chase gets, don’t forget to enjoy the journey!”

Sure, it is hard to enjoy every aspect of the journey.  There are times when you will feel mistreated, unloved and taken advantage of.  But here is the deal, it is in those times, the times that are tough, that we are able to grow closer to God.  The detour that has appeared in your life is not a surprise to God.  He has already been there, ahead of you, to plan everything as He wants.  We just need to change our perspective, and look at it as a divine detour that will ultimately lead us to be who God wants us to be.

Here is another quote from Mark Batterson’s Wild Goose Chase that really struck a chord with me, especially with our recent events:

“God is far more concerned about your future than you are. We put so much pressure on ourselves, as if the eternal plans of the almighty God are contingent upon our ability to decipher them.  The truth is, God want to reveal them more than we want to know them… In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”

How much do you worry about things?  I have been guilty of asking God if He knew what was going on in my life.  Of course, I already knew the answer, but the fact remained that I did not think God was paying much attention to my situation.  I had taken control, or at least I thought I had, and my control only led to more worry and indecision.  I needed to listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life…” Jesus then goes on to explain how God cares for the flowers and the birds, and since I am a little higher up the food chain, He certainly will take care of me.  He also reminds us to “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

I need to stay Kingdom minded and focused.  God will take care of showing me the steps I need to take… of that I am sure!  He works from the future back, and knowing that He has already been where I am going gives me great comfort.