One thing that I learnt when teaching was that having a plan was all very well, but it is always helpful to have a plan B up my sleeve. As the years went by and I began using technology for teaching and learning, that extended to a plan C, or D. On a particularly frustrating day, I would often joke that I got through to plan Z. Even now that I’m not in a classroom, this still happens. Sometimes I think technology should come with the same health warning that is given about working with children and animals. They say that the best way to make God laugh is to make a plan! I suspect that He is rolling around on His heavenly floor some days when He watches me trying different ways to solve a problem.
How many plans have been abandoned in the last few weeks? How many disappointments have there been? Every disappointment or plan abandoned includes a sense of loss. Not being able to hug loved ones who don’t live in the same house. Social events cancelled. Physical catching up over a cuppa. The banter of the office. We can be stoic, we can get on with things, we can distract ourselves. But losses need to be acknowledged so we can move forwards. It’s ok to feel sad about them. 2 minutes silence for the loss of Plans A,B,C before we look at getting on with Plans X,Y,Z. And maybe God has even better plans for us than the ones we can dream up!