Through the Unexpected
A Letter from Our Executive Director
Every day is filled with the unexpected. We make our to-do lists. We wake up expecting our day to go as we planned. But it doesn’t, because interruptions that we never saw coming invade our lives and usher in the unexpected.
For some of us, the unexpected is a pregnancy. For others, it is the heart-breaking news of infertility. Fear, shame, and loss permeate the hearts of both of these circumstances.
We must remember that our unexpected is never unexpected to God. We might wish we could go around a situation, under it, over it or be delivered from it. Sometimes God’s plan is for us to go through it- because that is what is best for us. We never walk alone.
Jesus always walks with us through our disappointment. Through our heartaches. Through our unexpected. He restores our wonder. He leads us to something better. He is the one who helps us remember that although it is happening to us, it doesn’t mean it is about us. He wants us to know that disappointment is a place we pass through, never a place we stay.
Moving through whatever we are facing isn’t merely about surviving until it’s over. Through unexpected circumstances in life- both bad and good- we have the opportunity to trust God. He’s called us to a life full of joys and sorrow, battles and celebrations, success and failures. God wants us to learn how to accept every unexpected event as an invitation to trust Jesus and His word, to expect His goodness all the way through.
Trusting Him is a process. It’s the ongoing journey called life! It’s a cycle we repeat daily, hourly, minute to minute, that leads to growth. Each time we go through the cycle, we grow, we’re stronger, more mature. Every single one of my experiences, both expected and unexpected, is never wasted in God. He has used them in my life to prepare me and give purpose to my future.
What is God teaching you right now in the unexpected?
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in for us, making prayer out of… our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8: 26-28 (The Message)
Musings and excerpts taken from Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine