The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. A familiar phrase when I was growing up. Scurrying around because we were late, had lost our homework or something was missing was definitely frowned upon. Make a plan and have a backup, went right along with be on time, keep your word and try your best. Lessons to keep me from getting lost out there in the big cold world. Planning was part of my upbringing. Write it out, make a plan, have a backup and then get it done. It was a learning process that has been a tremendous advantage over the years.
Proverbs 21:5 MSG
"Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind."
Contingency plans come in handy when our daily preparations don't go as planned. Planning for the day that might happen, is comforting if that day ever comes. If we don't have a backup plan, that indescribable day can set you backwards in a hurry. Planning. It's not about always anticipating trouble. It's about knowing what to do if trouble comes our way. Not all trouble begins with a disaster, but planning ahead for the potential increases our ability to overcome the circumstances. We have hurricane preparation, fire drills, earthquake and evacuation plans. It's about being ready, before the plans are needed.
Everyday potentially disastrous events have contingency plans for our safety. The highway might get detoured, the elevators could be out of service, or we might have a flat tire. We know what to do and how to overcome these circumstances. We carry a map or use our GPS, we can always choose to take the stairs or reschedule our outing and AAA is always ready to change that tire when we can't. Contingency plans are part of everyday life.
God has a plan for us that doesn't require contingencies. No need to scurry around looking for answers in all the wrong places (Yep, I started singing the song in my head too). Jesus IS the answer. Jesus IS the plan. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6) No back up plan necessary.