The first day I cracked open Plan B by Pete Wilson was at the Gwinnett County Courthouse. I had the privilege of doing my civic duty of Jury Duty. There’s another blog post in the works related to my experience. I’ve been a bit behind in updates in recent days. Trying to get caught up.
The lady in the chair next to me was busy reading a copy of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold Kushner. I remember thinking how interesting it was that here were two books that were similar in scope, yet different in purpose. Let me explain.
Pete Wilson does a fantastic job of telling stories. Each chapter takes a story and weaves it with a story from the Bible. The intentional way that the chapters are written made it so easy to read. Pete’s communication skills as a speaker and pastor were perfectly translated to paper. I felt as if I were sitting in his church experiencing a 3 month sermon series. The takeaways from each chapter were both relevant to the story he was telling and to the Bible story he was teaching.
My biggest takeaway from the entire book is found in Chapter 4. I’ve grown up in the church. I’ve read through the Bible a number of times. I’ve taught through the book of Joshua a couple times in different settings. The courage that Joshua had as a newly appointed leader for the nation of Israel has always been inspiring and something to strive for. Where did that courage come from?
Pete showed me the answer to that “million dollar question” and it has become an aha moment for me. It really is obvious.If you’re like me, as someone who has been exposed to the word of God over and over, you may have missed this too.
Back when Moses was still leading the nation, Moses would meet God at the tent of the meeting. Joshua would tag along. Moses and God would have some good one on one time. Joshua had the opportunity to shadow these sessions. It is the second part of the Exodus 33:11 that I know I have missed, and couldn’t believe that it was in front of me all that time.
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
To quote from Pete, “Constant contact with the Creator is essential for transformational living. If you want faith enough to live the life God has called you to live, time with God is simply a must. That applies double when you’re facing a Plan B situation.”
Wow. Again, nothing earth shattering. This is wisdom that is all throughout the Bible, but for some reason it really hit home with me.
Pete Wilson has been on my radar for a couple years now. His approach and demeanor seems authentic. His theology is sound. I enjoyed this quote that I read about the book on Tony Morgan’s site. “Plan B is about discovering the hopeful truth that God is most powerfully present even when He seems most apparently absent.” We all have those moments when we feel that our life isn’t turning out the way that it is supposed to be. It is in those moments that we can learn to lean into what God has really in store for us. I plan on passing my book around to others in my immediate circle as it was an easy read, yet very rewarding.
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