Friday, December 9, 2011

unpredictable


A short time-line of yesterday’s events:

7:20am --- hole in tire
8:30am --- removed bad tire and go purchase new one
9:25am --- low fuel light comes on
10:00am --- cancel appointment so I can put new tire on car
1:00pm --- news reports begin about 2 people shot on Virginia Tech campus
2:45pm --- staff member shares about a situation needing to be dealt with
4:00pm --- trip to drug store to get urgent makeup items for one of our daughters
4:30pm --- get an email about sprinkler break in our storage warehouse
8:00pm --- dinner with some great friends and co-leaders of our church

Some of those are urgent and some not so urgent.  Some were a huge shock and some were not.  Yet not one of those items was on my to-do list or on my calendar for the day (all but dinner, that is).  They came out of now where and reminded me that life is very unpredictable. 

We can let the things of life smack us and depress us, or we can take the things that come our way and make the best out of them.  Doesn’t our faith deal with such happenings?  How do you look at what happens in your life?
 
For we live by believing and not by seeing.

Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.

We can go through life leaning on ourselves or leaning on God.  God has a plan even in the midst of what seems like chaos.  It is in the times of stretching and even in pain that God often speaks to us and helps us grow.

It takes faith to live in unpredictable times.  My heart goes out as do my prayers to the family of the police officer murdered on the Virginia Tech campus yesterday.  What I dealt with in no way compares to the pain they are experiencing today.

Life is unpredictable.  God is gracious and walks with us and helps us through unpredictable times.

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