Friday, December 30, 2016

The Unexpected

The Unexpected

Life is filled with the unexpected and unplanned. Some unexpected life happenings can be joyful and that long awaited job offer or a surprise birthday party. 

We can plan as much as we like, have all the details worked out and orchestrated to run as smoothly as possible and yet the unexpected happens.  

A few years ago, this unexpected event occurred.

My husband had just dropped me off at a school for an interview. He was driving across the city and would be returning to pick me up within an hour or so. 

He never made it across the city because the unexpected occurred. 

When my interview was finished I thought that I would begin walking to meet him rather than staying at the school.  

I had walked a few blocks away from the school when my phone rang. It was my husband saying that he was on his way to pick me up so I mentioned that I was no longer at the school and told him the road that I was walking along. 

"Oh, and I will be arriving in a tow truck," he said. 

I didn't respond right away because I was hoping that I had misheard what him. 

"Did you hear me? I said that I'll be arriving in a tow truck."

"Yes, I did but I was hoping that I had misheard you." 

Sure enough, a few minutes later a tow truck driver pulled up beside me, with my husband as his passenger and our van as his most recent rescue victim. 

My husband was smiling and all I could do was shake my head. Not again! 

Just two weeks prior our car had been in an accident and insurance had written it off.  Unfortunately for us, insurance decided the van was also a write off and the combined amount for both vehicles was only enough to purchase a small car. 

After all that happened that day, I wasn;t offered the job for which I had interviewed. I do however, continue to trust God and the plan He has for our lives. 

The Bible has many examples of the unexpected and God's grace.  Saul is just one example. 

Saul, whose name was later changed to Paul, was certainly the most unexpected person to become an apostle. Yet, God knew that this young man's passion would make him the perfect individual to bring the Good News of Jesus to the Gentiles. 

Saul had to lose his sight before he could see. He had to rely on others to lead him. He become a radical heart listener. He had to surrender himself completely to God and to God's will for his life so that he could become a new man with a new name and a new purpose.  

Like Paul, we will experience the unexpected. We can let the unexpected be an opportunity for God to work in us.  As a result, we can be changed for good due to the unexpected.  

Other By His Grace Posts of Interest: 

Are You a Heart Listener?

For the Broken

Mending the Broken Heart

Blog Posts From Others About The Unexpected:

Michael Hyatts' blog post: Why You Should Welcome Problems

Karen Ball from the Steve Laube Agency writes about:  Lessons From a Crab 

The photos are by JennyEBurr