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Unexpected Moments

August 13, 2008

Have you ever had one of those “everything changes in the blink of an eye” moments? When your life is going one way, and then without notice something happens, that changes everything. Maybe you go to work, and when you arrive you are told that you have been fired. You go to pick up your kid from school only to be told they have a severe learning disability. You come home and find out that your spouse has been unfaithful. These are the moments I am talking about.

No I have not had one today, but I know people that have, or will. How do you handle these moments when nothing makes sense? Why did God allow this to happen? What next?

1.      Realize this did not take God by surprise. He knew this was coming, and everything to this point has been preparing you to handle it. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “God will never give you more than you can handle.” He WILL give you more than you can handle, but not more than you can handle as you rely on Him.

2.      Take a moment to survey your situation. Emotions make the situation blurred. Take a moment to catch your breath, assess what is going on, and then get trusted people around you.

3.      Listen to what that group of people say. They might see it differently, and can help you make some decisions. Determine your next step.

4.      Take the next step. It does no good to identify a plan without actually initiating it.

5.      Let God work in the moment. Do not get so wrapped up in the situation that you do not leave room for God to work. He will. Just be patient and willing for whatever He decides. Just be ready for the fact that He might not have the same plan as you think you want.


May you be covered in wisdom today. May the moments of seeming chaos be nothing more than a place for God to grow your dependence on Him. In the words of Rob Bell, “May you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Angie permalink
    August 19, 2008 12:09 am

    Thanks…I really needed that.

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