I just finished reading a book by Pastor Pete Wilson titled Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?. It’s a book about hope in the midst of unexpected circumstances.
As a pastor, I am invited into many situations where families are looking for answers. Whether it is a family who has experienced tragedy or who have just lost a loved one, pain in life is inevitable. How do we respond when your marriage falls apart or you lose your job or even lose a child? Do we share simple platitudes and quotes and say that God is in control and that everything works for good? Or do we look to God for our strength, comfort, and peace? Everything in life cannot be wrapped up and explained. Sometimes, we don’t understand why things are happening, but we cannot lose sight of God when things don’t work out the way we planned.
This book explores the relationship between shattered dreams and true spiritual transformation. How we can not only survive through pain and suffering, but how we can grow and learn to rely on God. We must learn to give up control of our lives and allow God to direct our steps. So many times we end up in what we consider is a Plan B, and we don’t allow God to grow us and change us through the pain. It was a book filled with examples from the Bible and examples from his own church.
If you are struggling with the circumstances in your life, then get this book. I’ve read a lot of books over the years trying to explain the problem of pain and suffering in the lives of Christians, but this book does a great job of really connecting and making you feel like the author cares. It is not written as a textbook or manual, but as a letter to encourage you. For that reason alone, it is worth your time. Check out the video below for more information.