Adventures in the Unexpected: "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me." (John 14:1, NLT)

The Adventure of the Unexpected

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

(Proverbs 29:25, NLT)

Sometimes, when things don’t go quite as we expected them to go, we either panic, worry, or become discouraged.

“I wonder what God is going to do.”

One time, Dave was working as interim worship leader at a church. While we were there, two deacons decided to get rid of the pastor. The people in the congregation did not know about any of this. One man instigated most of the situation. It was ungodly and hurtful, and I was just beside myself with concern for the church and this pastor.

I have a mentor who I call any time I’m freaking out about something. She has a way of helping me return to normal or at least come down from panic mode. But her response to me on this day was so profound I have never forgotten it no matter what we’re going through.

I called her, “Please pray. Tomorrow is a special business meeting at the church where we were serving. They let us go, and now they want to fire the pastor. It’s going to be awful. I don’t even want to go! But we are still members of the church, so Dave wants us to go in support of the pastor even though we won’t be leading worship. The people have no idea what’s going on. It’s just terrible!”

All she said was, “I wonder what God is going to do.”

So simple. So profound. So amazing.

God has it all in hand

God is never surprised by our circumstances or our actions. He is always sovereign and in control, and His plan will always prevail. With her simple comment, I completely changed the way I was thinking. Instead of focusing on the actions and attitudes of people and what the enemy was trying to do, I focused on my loving Heavenly Father and where He was working in the situation.

The next day, the meeting went as I had thought it might. People were shocked and upset. The pastor decided to turn in his resignation because there was no resolution or reconciliation with these two deacons. It wound up splitting the church, and we met for a while with the group that split off to give them time to heal and reflect. We met for several months before they each found a new church home or returned to the former church. During that time, the man who started the whole mess left the church. A new pastor was brought in several months later, and the church healed and began to grow. The pastor who left realized God was calling him somewhere else, and his family followed that calling. We went on to continue our seminary education and to prepare for the work God had for us.

What stands out to me in that situation is how God had it all in His hand. He brought healing where healing needed to take place, and the only one who lost out in the end was the one who stirred up the trouble to begin with.

I am in awe of our God.

Now, every time I am facing a scary or painful situation, I try very hard to think, “I wonder what God is going to do.”

We can focus on where God is working and how He is bringing about His plan and purpose despite the sins of man and the work of the enemy. Stepping into these uncertain situations with trust and faith in the Almighty God changes everything. It’s no longer something to be dreaded but embraced; it’s not something to be avoided but faced head-on. This is the adventure of walking with Christ no matter where that may lead.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember and trust in the name of the Lord our God.

(Psalm 20:7, AMP)

Books to spark a conversation with your kids

Book Cover: "It Will Be Okay" by Lysa TerKeurst

            A picture book you can share with the children in your life that touches on the idea that God is at work, He is watching over all things, and that everything will work out okay is It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst. In this story a fox and a seed become friends. Both are afraid and uncertain, but they stick with each other and see God’s plan unfold for them.

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