The Indianapolis Colts had a plan to hire Josh McDaniels as their new Head Coach, but he decided to stay in New England as their Offensive Coordinator.

With multiple teams interviewing McDaniels, in many ways he was the “prized” coaching candidate this offseason. The Colts thought they landed their guy until he backed out at the last minute.

McDaniels was criticized for changing his mind, and the Colts were scrutinized for allowing the debacle to take place. Questions and comments such as these have been swirling around the organization:

“Now what?”

“Are we going to have to settle?”

“I can’t believe we don’t get our first choice.”

“How could we let this happen?”

“Time for a new plan.”

But in the midst of this chaos, Indy forged ahead by hiring the Super Bowl-winning Offensive Coordinator from the Philadelphia Eagles, Frank Reich.

As the QB coach during two of Peyton Manning’s best seasons, the hiring of Reich could end up being a huge win for the Colts since he understands both the city and the team.

Reich will be more like Tony Dungy in the way he’s driven by faith and character…and how he desires to be a true leader of men, not just football players.

I believe Reich is an amazing hire, and the Colts will look back and be glad things fell through with McDaniels, because the right guy is now in charge of their team.

In our own lives, how many times have we looked back and been thankful that our “first plan” didn’t work out? Maybe we set our sights on a certain job promotion or a move to another state or a particular person we thought we’d marry, but can see now that they weren’t the best plans for us after all.

When such things don’t go according to our plan, we need to be reminded that God is all-powerful and loving and always has His great purpose in mind.

Instead of letting disappointment, humiliation, fear, and anger take over when plans fall through, we can choose to seek the Lord and trust His plan will work much better than what we initially thought.

Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) encourages us with this truth: “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”

None of us like to be rejected or put in a place where we turn to “Plan B.” However, when we acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness, and allow His glory to shine, we can easily see how our “backup plan” was the best plan all along.

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the times You came through in amazing ways – even when I thought situations should have gone differently. I trust You and know that Your plans and purposes are much better than mine. Please help me be patient and not get discouraged when my initial plan falls through. I know You are good and faithful. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.