Blessings to you!
In a recent story in the news, a mother was arrested for refusing to allow her son to be examined and treated by a doctor. The woman stated that she was trusting God to heal him. This is not an uncommon story. We hear stories every day that demonstrate the tug-of-war between faith in God and earthly solutions to our problems.
So...what is the right thing to do? When do we stand firmly on faith and when do we take action on our own, or seek others to assist us...have a "plan b?"
First of all, God absolutely can do all things. AND...sometimes God does those things using us as His instruments.
Well, in my NTBH (never to be humble) opinion, to not have a "plan b" in place is to limit the ability of Spirit to move through our lives. As many wonderful ideas as we may have, sometimes God, like Ford (from the old commercials) has a better idea!
To have a "plan b" is simply to acknowledge and leave space for Spirit to move in our lives and circumstances. I truly believe that the physician can truly serve as the "hands of God," doing His healing work.
The Buddhist tradition practices detachment. They may have a desired outcome, are detatched to that outcome , leaving the door of opportunity open for even greater things to come.
For me, the easiest way to be detached to a particular outcome is to have a "plan b" outlined. I am not attached to "plan b" either, only knowing that if one thing does not work out, there is always another plan.
This does not preclude the times in our lives when we stand firmly, grounded and trusting God regardless of the outcome, knowing and giving thanks that God's will for us is good, and God's will is done.
The bottom line, is this is not as much about God as it is about us; about our degree of spiritual awareness and maturity. Relax. Trust God. And move your feet as God directs.
So, I invite you to stand firmly on faith in God, and have your "plan b" if you'd like as well.
In His love and light, RevAli