Dealing with the Unexpected

“God is not the author of confusion.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

Sometimes life throws us a curve. We are walking along on our merry way, and something unusual happens to change our path or put us on a new path. Sometimes, the unexpected is a positive event. Sometimes the unexpected is not so positive. This week, my work laptop was fried (OK, I spilled coffee on it… so it was my fault). In some ways, it was a blessing; I actually stepped away from that thing that ‘tethers’ me to my desk, almost as if a small burden was lifted. In other ways, I had to rethink the impact to my workload as I struggled to find files that would allow me to most easily recreate the current, updated versions of my work files.

The phrase “the unexpected” indicates it is something we cannot fully plan for or control, but, rather, just adapt how we react to it. This week, I could have panicked over my loss of files, or taken a longer pause (and step away from work), to wait for a new computer from my IT department.

It is what we do with “the unexpected” that shows our true character. When the road forks, unexpectedly, will we take a moment to enjoy the scenery on a newly formed path? Will we pause, long enough to stop and take in the beauty of where we are at? Or, will we look for the easiest and quickest path back to our original route?

I wonder if, sometimes, unexpected events are those times when God is trying to get our attention, to get us to pause, to note the beauty of our surroundings, or to redirect our paths.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Sarah Thompson

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