Not to worry--Chef Goggle--gave me a list of thyme substitutes-
basil, marjoram, oregano, or savory
The culinary day was saved. The dish was wonderful--BUT
the new dish while delectable was not the same as it would have been with thyme. The substitutes created a delicious meal-- since they are not the same the dish is not as planned, but they do compliment the main ingredients in a similar manner and the result is still good.
Substitutes work well in the culinary world and even in the wide world of sports. Occasionally a star is discovered when a sub takes the field. Until we give something different a chance, we have no idea if it will work or not--and different is not always bad.
Special moments in time can not be relived and there are no substitutes for precious moments. There can be other good, perhaps even better moments in time, but there is no replaying the past. With our relationships--there are no substitutes. We can not recreate a relationship by substituting another personality in the vain hope of recreating the past. We might realize though that different is not necessarily bad--it is just---DIFFERENT and difference often allows us to broaden our repertoire.
God desires for us to savor the past and embrace the present with the assurance He is always present---and the plans He has for us--always give us a hope and a future.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.