One of my favorite quotes occurred at the end of every episode of the popular television series The A-Team. George Peppard’s character, Colonel Hannibal Smith, with a cigar clinched between his teeth and an impish grin on his face, would look around at his team and triumphantly exclaim, “I love it when a plan comes together!”
Of course the irony of this statement was that “the plan” was always a loose-knit strategy that evolved over the course of the episode usually involving a lot of dumb luck and intuitive behavior (i.e., flying by the seat of their pants) on the part of Smith and his fellow team members. Admittedly, this is not the best strategy for living, but it was fun, albeit inane, entertainment.
As followers of Jesus we are called to live more strategically than that. The Scripture tells us that we are to desire wisdom, attain wisdom and put that wisdom into practice in our lives continually if we want to live in a way that is pleasing to God.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that there are a lot of things in life that are simply beyond our control. The Bible is clear that God is the one who directs the steps of his people (Psalm 37:23) and, at times, the way he leads us seemingly makes no sense. It is in those times, if we remain faithful, that we learn what Paul meant when he wrote, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) – Paul’s way of saying: “I love it when a plan comes together!”