Day 207: When the Process Takes An Unexpected Turn (July 26)

We plan for life and we plan what we will do, but God alone knows what will truly happen and it is only He Who can sustain us.  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but again I am thinking of my labor with Hannah.  Do you remember?  The one that lasted 52 hours at home, only for me to have to go to the hospital and have a c-section.  That moment was so hard for me.  I had never wanted to have a baby at the hospital, much less a c-section.  It was like in a moment a decision was taken from me and placed into a stranger’s hands (the doctor), and I was forced to find joy in the release.  You know, that’s one reason I don’t like hospitals and doctor’s offices much, because I feel like I lose the power of my choice when I enter their doors.  But there are times when God uses such situations to help us learn to trust Him more.  Even though in that moment I had to fully let go, He was still my God.  He was still Sovereign over my life and nobody can EVER take that away.  Ever.

Today I want to talk about how we react when life takes unexpected turns.  What happens when the plan you and God have prayed out and discussed, changes?  What do you do with that?  Did you miss God in the first place?  Is He mad at you?  What the heck happened?

Well, I truly believe He is Sovereign over my life.  I also believe He works with me, not against me.  I also believe He will move circumstances in such a way as to reveal weak points in my thinking and in my walk of trust with Him.  He is all about drawing me nearer and I have found Him relentless to grow me into deeper places with Him.

In one life situation I’ve encountered recently, I know for certain God spoke one answer for me to wait.  Then a few weeks later, I began to see Him open doors for me to begin to move in a direction.  I began to feel so confused and started asking Him, “Did I miss You when I thought I heard the first wait answer, or have You changed Your mind?”  When I really pressed in on this issue I discovered He had answered the way He did the first time to keep me from getting distracted by the next step and to keep me on track with Him.  Now that I had gotten through “phase one” of the transition, I was able to focus on other things, so He was now opening doors to move forward.  In other words, He only gave me what I could handle at the time.  Now that is a loving Father.  He didn’t want me to be needlessly distracted with what was next, but in His grace, He closed off even the consideration of a next step until I was really ready.

I don’t know if any of this makes sense to you, but what I’m trying to convey is, don’t get hung up on a change of plans.  Trust God when He says, “Yes” and trust Him when He says, “No”.  But if you are always leaning into Him and listening and receiving His instruction, then the unexpected will suddenly begin to make more sense.

Don’t forget, you are trusting the One Who has seen all things past, present, and future.  He’s got this.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.  May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You.  May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.  May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You.  Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.  God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.  Psalm 67