”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
The professor who was our host at the American university taught us the importance of always having a second plan – a backup plan, in case the one first contemplated, due whatever reason, should fail. When we arrived, as visitors from a Norwegian school, he honored us by displaying a picture of the King of Norway on the wall in his home. When he realized that we were Swedes, not Norwegians, he announced: ” I have a second plan” - removed the newly displayed royal photo from the wall, and rushed to the garage to fetch a photo of the Swedish royal couple instead. Many similar episodes caused us to realize that for him, to have a backup plan, was a life principle.
The professor was not unlike God in this respect. God also had a second plan when He created the world. He had thought that all would be well, that the relationship would be sinless and fulfilled between the Creator and those made in His likeness. However, it didn’t turn out as God had thought, and from the first book of the Bible, Genesis, one can read about God’s backup plan to provide man with a new opportunity, one offering a restored relationship with God Himself, through Jesus Christ.
God’s backup plan, however, wasn’t only for people as a collective group. He also thought about each person, as an individual and offers each one of us a new start, a new beginning, a backup plan when the old plan failed. And God’s second plan is always better than the first.
Jesus, thank you for having a backup plan waiting for me when I went astray and all went wrong. Thank you for opening my eyes in order to see that there was a possibility for me to be a new creation in You and to be able to leave the ’old’ that went wrong behind me. Thank You that Your grace is new every morning.