Life is filled with unexpected moments. No matter who we are, our plans falter, our dreams change and some goals seem unachievable. It is in these unexpected moments that we can discover grace and compassion. Can you imagine what would happen if we were to face every time we got off track due to the unexpected with grace and compassion for ourselves; recognizing that we are actually in the exact timing and exact placement God wants us in.
God is the one who orchestrates our lives, He is the one who placed us on the path, and what is unexpected for me is no surprise to Him. That is right God planned for every moment that seems unexpected to us. This takes the pressure off us! We are exactly where God planned for us to be. Hard to wrap your head around, but freeing if we embrace it!
God has planned for our unexpected. When we feel like we have failed cling to the fact that this is part of the path you are following, the journey you are on. God knew this would happen and has meticulously planned for it. We need to have compassion towards ourselves and not get discouraged, but pick ourselves up and continue on.
This brings a new perspective to James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. Great joy because God has already accounted for it and you are exactly where you need to be. Great joy because it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate God's grace for ourselves. Great joy because God will give us everything we need to endure through it and come out the other side.
Do not let go of your goals, your plans, your dreams. Instead be open to the fact that they may not happen in your time table, or in the way that you had planned; rest in the knowledge that it is all happening in God's time table and in the way that he has planned. It is so reassuring knowing that the living God of the universe and beyond has everything under control, even my unexpected moments!
This is one of my greatest struggles in life. If I really trusted God I would let Him be in control, right? Why is it then I spend so much time focused on my circumstances, my future, my path? Do I not trust Him that He has a plan for my present and my future? Do I not trust that He can carry me through every circumstance and give me every tool and everything I need to persevere through this trial and all the ones to come?
I have done many things to bring my heart back to trusting but somehow it keeps having these moments when it wanders back to my circumstances, and stops focusing on God. It stops trusting and goes its own way. When I realize it has wandered I once again remind myself of the times God has come through for me; the times my plans have failed, but God's have flourished; the times when I was battered and broken and God restored my heart and soul. God is so good!
This yo-yo action is not a new thing. The Israelites went through it too! They would go through seasons when they trusted God and the blessings of God's peace, provision and protection filled their lives and then when they began to take back control God would warn them through prophets and then they would wander away from God's plans, which brought loss, pain and anguish. This cycle continues over and over. It is part of our humanity.
I have to keep reminding myself that God is worthy of my trust, He has never let me down and He has my best interests at heart. I would love to come to the place where my heart never wanders and never vies for control. In the meantime, my hope is I will see the warning signs and immediately turn back.
Join me on my journey through life's joys and difficulties.