Best Laid Plans

I had a busy week coming up. We were hosting the family for Memorial Day. My Dad would be alone for a few days at the end of the week, so I was going to ask him to dinner one night.

My husband’s birthday was in a few days. I had dinner plans with a friend one night, and a church commitment another. There were three articles to edit, and one left to write before the meeting with my tutor on Friday. Yikes. Something’s got to give here.

Enter: Blog Break. I posted “See you June 2!”

The Memorial Day cookout was really fun. I got the essays edited, and started the new one. Then, things changed.

My daughter had been texting us throughout the night, but I didn’t have my phone by the bed. I woke up Wednesday and soon found out that my two year old granddaughter was in a pediatric ICU with severe croup. I offered to come and help.

Now some people talk about God’s ‘sense of humor.’ As in I thought I was managing my time to get all kinds of things done. But the whole time, God knew I’d be driving 3 1/2 hours away from home mid-week to help. Well, I’m not saying God doesn’t have that sense of humor. But I learned a few other things.

Listen to my inner voice.

I was told I needed to let something go; that I needed extra time.

What if I decided to ignore that voice? What if I decided that I was just trying to ‘baby’ myself, or take the easy way out? I can fight myself like that.

The Lord was really trying to make it easier for me to go. I didn’t know what was coming. But he knew. I was about to be busy in a whole new way.

If God calls me to it, he’ll clear the way.

Every single thing on my list was canceled and rescheduled with ease. In the space of two hours, as I was showering, packing and making phone calls, every commitment was addressed. Everyone wished me well. (My husband just laughed when I told him we’d have to ‘postpone’ his birthday.)

So I don’t know if I’d call all of this humorous. But I would call it ingenious. How could I expect anything less from a God who leads like a shepherd? Β Like the little lamb that I am, I followed him with no clue where I was really going. But I got there. And it was a blessing.

My granddaughter was released from the hospital after two days of treatment. She’s fine.

I’m so glad that I could help. And I’m glad that I can now look back and see how God took care of everything. Every step of the way.

71 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans

    • Hi Shelly! Thank you so much for your comment, you’re right. Croup can be really serious. My daughter had it at about the same age, but it never escalated to anything so emergent.

      I really do thank God for taking care of everything, both for me and for my granddaughter. What love he has for his children!

      Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

  1. I’m so glad to hear that your granddaughter is now recovered. This post reminds me of a kitchen trivet that I have. It says, “The will of God will never lead you, Where the grace of God cannot keep you,” It’s often a timely reminder for me, especially when I have no clue as to where I’m going.

    • Hi Lauren! That is a perfect Scripture. I had nothing to worry about, God took care of everything. And as you said, the situation was a surprise to me…but not to God.

      Have a blessed day!

  2. First of all, i offer prayers for your granddaughter, as well as for you and your whole family.

    Secondly, your husband is right to postpone his birthday. This is something I have been doing for years. The first time I postponed it by a fortnight. The second year I postponed it by three weeks AFTER that fortnight. And every year I add more weeks of postponments so that my birthday has now moved several months from when I was actually born. That way I have lenghtened my life without adding years to it. You see, I plan to live for ever even if it kills me trying.

    You’re so right, in this wonderful post Ceil, by saying that God prepares us for every eventuality and is with us every step of the way. I have experienced this often.

    May He bless you and yours always.

    • Hi Victor! Thank you so much for your prayers. I really appreciate them.

      The whole idea of postponing birthdays does sound tempting. The line about living forever made me smile πŸ™‚
      Isn’t it wonderful to know that God provides the way? I know you are so open to the Spirit and the movement of grace in your life that this is no surprise to you.

      Have a great Thursday my friend,

  3. He always does, doesn’t he? It’s happened to me many times and when I look back at some of those moments when I panicked, I am ashamed of myself. Didn’t God tell me he would never leave me or forsake me? Forgive me for my unbelief! Great post, my friend. Blessings!

    • Hi Debby! I am right with you Debby. I have been so worried so many times, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at all the gray hair!

      He sure did say, over and over again, that he is with us. I am a very slow learner! But with experiences like these, and friends like you, I’ll get there πŸ™‚

      Happy Thursday to you!

  4. Oh my, Ceil…this sounds so much like what I would do! I’ve been a “list maker” and “planner” ever since I can remember. Sometimes I would even be short with my words if someone would stop by or call because it was keeping me from getting done whatever was on my list next. SO…I have had to be reminded by our Father sometimes that my plans are just that…”MY plans”. His are always better.

    I’m so glad to read that your granddaughter is doing much better! Hope your husband has had a birthday celebration too! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing, Ceil! Hugs to you.

    • Hi Dianna! You are right about the ‘my plans’ thing. I sure learned that this past weekend. I read somewhere that our interruptions are our real life. The other stuff is what we THINK is our life. Isn’t that a great thought?

      My husband will get his birthday celebrated tonight. Finally πŸ™‚

      Hugs right back!

  5. I’m so thankful your granddaughter is doing well. Isn’t it amazing how God takes care of us? It’s wonderful to look back and see His hand at work.

    • HI Mari! And that’s usually when I see his hand…when I look back. And it is wonderful to know that God wants to open doors to the right path.

      She is doing well, thank you for your comment! We’ll get to see her again this weekend. The trip I made for her illness was unplanned, this was our planned weekend to visit. Another blessing πŸ™‚

      Have a great Thursday Mari!

  6. So thankful for your happy ending, Ceil! It’s amazing to me how things can seem so important until God uses what is REALLY important to make us realize that all that other “stuff” can go by the wayside or be postponed. Happy belated birthday to your hubby!

    • Hi Pam! You are so right. I learned a lot in this experience. I can make all the plans I want, but only God knows the real plan for the day! I was so thankful that he took care of everything, and I was able to go.

      Thank you for your birthday wishes! I’ll relay them to him tonight πŸ™‚

  7. First, I’m so glad your granddaughter is better…
    And next…I loved this post, my friend.
    A wonderful reminder that even though we think we got it all going on, we don’t.
    You remind me of my own precious mother, who will drop anything in an instant to rush to the side of any of us who need her.
    I’m certain your daughter gained strength and comfort with you being with her.
    We never outgrow the need for our mommy, you know. : )
    Thanks, Ceil…you always inspire!

    • Hi Billie Jo! So nice to see you!

      Thank you for your kind words. She is better, and we are all very relieved! I’m not too sure if I inspired anyone when I was there, but I was able to help. Maybe my daughter will do that for her own grandchildren someday?

      I do agree about needing our mothers. That desire really doesn’t go away. They are such a calming influence, aren’t they? You are very blessed to have such a loving, giving Mom. I’m sure she has been a huge inspiration to you.

      So nice to see your name pop up today πŸ™‚
      Have a great day,

  8. Good Morning, Ceil ~ Isn’t that so like our Savior to take care of each and every detail. If we had our way, we’d be pulling our hair out trying to control and fix everything in sight. I’m so thankful you heard the Spirit’s whisper, you followed His lead, and that baby girl is home safe and sound.

    God is good …

    • Hi Linda! Man, are you right. I think I can control everything. Yikes. How does God put up with me anyway?

      God is good! And it all worked out so well. We are going to visit them this weekend. My trip was not planned, but this weekend was. It will be great to see them all again, in much calmer circumstances πŸ™‚

      Hugs to you,

  9. I know that sense of fright when a grandbaby is sick. So happy you “listened” and was able to reschedule. Sometimes I forget that I’m not indispensable. Thanking the Shepherd with you.


    • Hi Pam! Nice to see you today πŸ™‚

      It was very sad to see a little one so sick. She always had such a great attitude though. She wanted to go home, but didn’t pitch a fit when she had to stay. She’s a lovely little girl πŸ™‚

      I’m happy I listened too. Thank you for your generous comments.
      Have a great afternoon!

  10. Happy belated birthday to your husband and I am so glad your granddaughter is okay. I read a passage last night that really spoke to me on how much God cares . . . He cares about every single detail of our lives . . . so much that He would direct your steps for the plans He had ahead for you. Our part is to simply be in tune with Him and to follow. What an amazing and loving God we serve. Just wow. Much love to you, friend. You speak to my heart with every single post you write. <3

    • Hi Beth! Wow, that passage really hits home to me here. He had the plans, I didn’t. But he prepared me every step. he is an amazing God.

      I’m so glad we have become good blog-friends, I know I learn so much from you. Thank you for your generous encouragement too πŸ™‚


  11. Ceil,
    I am so glad your granddaughter is well! It is a blessing that you can drop and go when needed. You know what is important in life. Thanks for sharing how God works in your life. It has helped me to change the direction of my blog. The Joyful Bookcase is not the same.
    I changed it to My cup runneth over (http://my–cup–runneth–
    Hope you can come visit me again.

    • Hi Monica! How exciting is this! Congratulations on your new blog and direction, what a fun thing πŸ™‚

      Of course I’ll come and visit you! And I look forward to all the new things you have wanted to say.

      So happy for you!

    • Hi Debby! You are sure right about that! I am so glad that it all worked out too. It really taught me how little I know, and how gracious God is.

      Thank you for your wishes for my husband, I will pass it along πŸ™‚

    • Hi Margie! Thank you for your good wishes. She is okay, and we’ll be visiting her this weekend. Much less stress this time!

      It’s always great to see you here my friend.
      Have a restful night,

  12. Amen, Ceil. I’m so glad your granddaughter is okay. Yes, we need to listen to that voice and not push it off because we think we know better! My post today is along that same line. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Melissa! I think we all should write about listening to God, don’t you? It’s very easy for me to over think the call, and like you said, decide I know better.

      I’m happy I listened for once!

      Have a restful night,

  13. First of all, so glad that your granddaughter is all right. Scary when little ones have to go to the hospital.

    And yes, Ceil, when we don’t listen to that *inner voice* we seem to get ourselves in trouble, huh?! God is a wonderful orchestral conductor, and He knows what He’s doing. (Trust me on that. I have asked Him several times, “Do You know what You’re doing here?” He always says, “Yes.” πŸ™‚

    So, I’m trying to let the One who knows my calendar ahead of time to direct my paths. It’s not easy – I’m a wanderer. But, He’s patient…


    • Hi Sharon! Your comment made me laugh! I’m afraid I am guilty of asking who is talking to me. “Lord, is that REALLY you??”

      Maybe we could walk together on that path for a while. I think we’re both hoping to be more obedient to that voice. Thanks be to him who is so patient!

      Have a restful night my friend,

  14. I am glad that your grand daughter is doing better. I do like this post. We do need to listen to God and go with His plans instead of our own. When we are truly needed to serve others, it is rarely convenient to us. I have been dealing with this myself lately, so thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

    • HI Deb! I think you make a good point. We are called to serve others, but we’re so wrapped up in what we’re doing, we often miss the opportunities. Or feel ‘put upon’. I understand what you’re saying.

      I am working on being more open to the promptings of the Spirit. I have a long way to go, but I’m trying!

      Have a peaceful night Deb,

    • Hi Joyful! Thank you for your good wishes! She is doing better, and we’ll see the whole family this weekend. This time, it’s just a visit for fun.

      Keeping you in my heart,

    • Hi Anita! You know, my daughter had croup as a child too. But never this bad. Once, I had to take her to the doctor for a breathing treatment, but that was about it. This was scary!

      But she was a real trouper, and didn’t complain that much at all. My daughter and son-in-law handled it all with a lot of grace. I would have been a wreck I think.

      Have a good night!

  15. Oh, Ceil, I’m so glad your baby grand is better and at home. Praise the Lord! Learning to listen and obey those nudgings is a full-time course in obedience, isn’t it? So glad God worked it all out for you so you could help your daughter. Blessings to you dear one. And happy birthday to your hubby! πŸ˜€

    • Hi Lynn! It sure is a full-time course when I’m involved! But it did all work out well, and I’m so glad I was able to get out there and help.

      We celebrated my husbands birthday tonight. Finally πŸ™‚


    • Hi Nan! Thank you for your good wishes. I’m with you in the learning department. Still have a long way to go. But I’m so glad I was able to go and help. All because of his grace. Amen!

      Have a peaceful night,

  16. That sounds like what has been happening around here, but thankfully, not a grandchild in the hospital. Others have been ill though and I have had to drop and reschedule and try not to stress about it. I gave up my to-do list a long time ago, and it saves me some frustration and aggravation. I do what I can do and let go of the rest. Glad your little one is doing well!

    • Hi Susan! Oh dear, I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with illness. I had to smile when I read you dropped your ‘to-do list’ and how it’s improved your outlook. I think God likes to direct us, and he does know the best ways…and he’s got the plan book! I think you are doing the right thing. I need to be more like that πŸ™‚

      She is doing well, thank you. We’ll see her again this weekend!
      Have a blessed night,

  17. I appreciate your perspective and obedience, Ceil. Funny, your grand baby will remember in subconscious at minimum, but you’re still teaching your kids. Our Father is amazing. I’m learning, sister, just following your lead…

    • Hi Floyd! Are you back from your blog-break?

      I’m sure my granddaughter won’t remember, but I will! God was so good to me, and to her too. We can learn together Floyd. We’re all just pilgrims here, trying to figure out how to get home.

      Have a restful night,

  18. Oh my goodness, I’m so grateful you were able to go and help! It’s amazing how God goes before us. What a wonderful reminder to heed His direction, even when we don’t necessarily understand why He is asking us to do certain things. He has our best interests at heart and wants to take care of us! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Anne! I know you are well aware of childhood emergencies! It really was a surprise. But not to God of course. He knew the whole time what I’d be doing. He really did have it all orchestrated so perfectly.

      Aren’t we so blessed that he does want to care for us?

      Nice to see you today my friend! Thank you for all your Facebook love πŸ™‚

  19. So great to know that God is under control and your grand daughter is fine now.
    anyway, you can have a late celebration for your husband:)
    Thanks for visiting inspite of your busy schedule:)

    • Hi Joy! Yes, we finally celebrated his birthday tonight.

      God is always showing me how much he cares, and arranges my life so I can answer when he calls. I don’t know why I am so surprised when it happens, but I am!

      I am always happy to visit you Joy. You always have such uplifting prayers and images.

  20. Cell, I’m so glad your grand baby is well πŸ™‚ God is such a good shepherd! He knows how to guide us around every twist and turn we encounter, making all things work for good. Truly, He doesn’t want us worrying about anything. I love this message! Thank you & blessings on your family!

    • Hi Shade! You are so right, he doesn’t want me to worry. And yet I do. He is so patient with me! But it’s the experiences like this that help me see him working to open every door. What a good Father.

      Blessings on your family too! Have a great Friday πŸ™‚

  21. Gosh! What a relief it is that your granddaughter is better! Our third daughter battled croup till she out grew it around age 6. About a week after she was in her big girl bed, she came and woke us at midnight having a difficult time with croup. I had turned off the baby monitor so I didn’t hear her. I know God’s timing was perfect. I was so grateful she could climb out and get us when in need!

    I also know that a child’s illness can sometimes be a “blessing in disguise” when it forces us to slow down, and in the end, it all works out!

    • Hi Patty! I think croup is pretty common. My daughter had it too, but nowhere near the severity that her daughter experienced. Thank God! I am just amazed at how my granddaughter bounced back too. Kids are so resilient.

      So true that when our kids get sick, our lives stop. And somehow, we always get back on track. Just like you said, it all works out.

      Have a great weekend Patty, and enjoy the weather πŸ™‚

  22. Praise the Lord that your granddaughter is doing well! God is our great Healer, is HE not! πŸ™‚

    Don’t you just love the way our Lord leads and directs us? He does it so gently and with great love. . .although sometimes I think I need an extra hard whack on the head when I’m being stubborn. Thank you for this, my friend.

    Take care and have a sweet weekend! Hugs!

    • Hi Stephanie! He is the healer, and he did a GREAT job with my granddaughter!

      You made me smile with the ‘whack on the head’ reference. I did a blog post talking about my friend who wanted a frying pan across her head. Lol! I can be pretty dense sometimes too.

      Thank you for your good wishes, and you enjoy your time off πŸ™‚

    • Hi Marcia! God moves in mysterious ways to me, that’s for sure! It’s always an adventure working with Our Father.

      Thanks for your visit today, and congrats again on the new Huffington gig πŸ™‚

  23. I have a saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men go down the tubes.” The longer I live the more I see that as true. The secret, as you have stated, is going with “God’s flow.” Things are going to happen. We have to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit. Good word Ceil. I am writing this on Saturday so have a great weekend. (I know what it is to have a grandchild living 3 1/2 hours away. Ours if 4 away).

    • Hi Bill! I am visiting my daughter and her family this weekend, this time it’s a fun visit! I wish they lived closer, but it’s a fun ‘road trip’ too.

      I pray that I’ll always follow along with ‘God’s flow’ as you say. It’s going to all go a lot better if I do.

      You have a great weekend too, enjoy a little rest,

  24. I admire you, Ceil. You admit where your help comes from. Also, nursing skills are such a powerful gift to give your daughter and granddaughter. I’m so glad she’s doing well and that you were able to be there for your family. Great post explaining how you came to your conclusions.


    • Hi Mary! It’s always great to see you here πŸ™‚

      I am very fortunate to have a medical background. It sometimes works against me as I see all the complications that can happen…but it definintely gives me an edge in understanding what’s going on.

      But I know who’s in charge that’s for sure. It’s not me, thank goodness. Our Father has it all worked out, I just try to stay out of the way.

      Have a restful night my friend,

  25. Ceil, I’m glad your granddaughter is well. I love this post because it is a reminder that God is the Good Shepherd. He gently leads us along the paths of life that sometimes include various unexpected events, twists, and turns. Yet He safely gets us where he knows we are needed the most. I’m so glad everything worked out for you. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28).

    • Hi Marilyn! The Good Shepherd is such a great image, isn’t it?

      And yes, she is ‘all better.’ You know how much we worry about our grandchildren… She bounced right back, and is back to running around outside. Thanks be to God!

      Good to see you πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Ceil, even with all our planning it God’s purpose that prevail. We just need to be flexible. So glad your granddaughter is doing well.

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