Community in Action August 22, 2020

Best Laid Plans

    So the plan on Tuesday was I would swim this Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm. It would be a time to be refreshed, get in some exercise, and take a break from working on the plans for the service tomorrow.

    I noticed this week that on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the San Ramon pools closed in the afternoon due to the poor air quality. I whole heartedly agreed with such a decision.

    So I decided if a spot opened up in the morning on Saturday I would change my time. Since I had already used all five of my opportunities for sign-ups I would have to delete my time in the afternoon before I could sign-up for the time in the morning. That could be a difficult issue if I couldn’t sign-up soon enough after deleting the spot in the afternoon.

    Lo and behold (a favorite saying of my mother’s), I noticed at 6:00 am a spot opened for a 7:00 am spot. I deleted my 3:00 pm spot and quickly tried to sign-up for the 7:00 am position. I did it! I got in!

    I continued to look for a spot for Joan, who had a 4:00 pm spot, but I had to use her computer for her sign-in since I had already used by five opportunities. I thought perhaps I should give her my 7:00 am spot because her Saturday time was 4:00 pm, and it probably would be canceled later.

    At 6:30 as I was checking one more time for an early spot, either 7:00 am or 8:00 am for Joan, I noticed the morning slots were no longer listed on the Sign-Up Genius site. Ah! I thought. I wonder if they canceled the morning times.

    I went to my email on my computer and sure enough the air quality was so bad this morning that everything was canceled until 11:00 am. The good thing was that Joan was still scheduled for her 4:00 pm slot, but the bummer was I not only lost my 7:00 am spot, but I had deleted my 3:00 pm, which was now no longer open.

    I just noticed now that an email was sent out canceling all swim times for the day. Still a bummer, but not as painful as having the morning canceled and the afternoon go ahead after I had played the odds to switch from afternoon to morning.

    So we continue on. I still have a time set for Monday, with Joan, at 9:00 am. Of course all other times are filled throughout the week, but I was in this same position last week and I was able to get in Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I just missed Saturday by a particle.

    The disappointment is real. I love to exercise by swimming and with the weather like it is outside I won’t be walking, so today I will have to find another alternative, maybe weight lifting in the garage.

    I still think it is a good idea to make plans, it is still a good idea to have a goal in mind for your day, your week, and your life. I just need to remember that plans can go awry. The expectation may not come about, but I need to continue on.

    The passage I will be preaching on tomorrow is Philippians 3:12-14. Verse 14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

    My ultimate goal is to become the creature God created me to be. One of the ways I do that is to keep healthy, which means eating well, getting rest, and of course exercise. I have so many different opportunities to exercise that I am not only grateful, but I feel I need to take advantage of those opportunities. I need to press on to keep my heart, mind, and body in as best shape as I can.

    I hope you also are able to press on. Whatever goals you have that seem to be thwarted because of unexpected circumstances. Hang in there. Keep seeking alternatives. Maybe reassess and consider if you need to go a different direction. I suppose I could try to swim in the canal near our house, but it doesn’t look that clean and I actually think it may be against the law. So instead I will bite the bullet and use those weights I got out of the dumpster a few months back. I guess God gave me an alternative back then for now. I appreciate how God gives us alternatives even before we have our plan in place.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Pastor Randy

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