It happens every day. We start out with an agenda and then in a moment’s notice it is changed.
There is a car accident, a cancerous legion or other life threatening diagnosis, stillborn birth, job loss, overdose or house fire. It’s a life rescheduled moment that sends us into a tailspin as we try to figure out how to make the best of a cinematic nightmare situation.
As much as we want to believe life is all about us, it’s not. That house clean job that got rescheduled today and shifted the schedule, the emergency call that a family member was admitted to the hospital or the pink slip given at work that means loss of income and health benefits is out of our control.
There is death, divorce papers served, cars that breakdown or houses that foreclose. Every second of each waking hour life gets rescheduled for someone and sometimes it includes you or a family member.
What to do?
If you aren’t a person of faith, you are in quick sand. Our only hope in times of trouble is Jesus. It certainly doesn’t rest in us.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Truth: Though your strength may be small, God’s strength is more than enough to get you through.” Isaiah 41:10
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9
Look at the big picture?
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of this world, the craziness and whirlwind of life in action. However, Jesus tells us that this world is not our home and all that we do, experience and participate in is the reality of this earthly life, not our eternal life.
Sometimes God reschedules our live to give us pause, to allow us to step back and weigh what is truly worthy of our affection, attention and consideration. God has commanded us to NOT BE DISCOURAGED because He is with us wherever we go minute by minute; second by second.
That promise alone should be encouragement to keep us moving forward even in our darkest hours.
How will you respond to life’s changes?
Will it be with anger, anxiety, fear or retreat? Or will you be like King David or the prophets of old who confronted change as champions refusing defeat? How you respond to life’s unexpected and rescheduled events says much about who you are in Christ.
You either believe the Word of God that all things work together for His good, or you give claim to the enemy, Satan, and stand on the pedestal of defeat. I personally prefer the pedestal of a champion that weathers the adversity and is adorned with the gold medal of eternity gifted through the blood of Jesus.
From here to death, life will continually be rescheduled because your expectations have nothing to do with God’s plan for your life. That heartache, grief, financial difficulty, death, job loss, schedule change… God sees it all. His strength is more than enough to see you through, whatever the outcome.
God knows the outcome; He knows the why, when and where of your life. You aren’t forgotten, you aren’t alone.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Father God, I am thankful that you watch over my life every moment of the day. You know my needs even before I do and you desire that I be a champion when adversity comes my way.
Be with me this week as life gets rescheduled and changes challenge my comfort level. Remind me that it is you who directs my path and that I should not lean on my own understanding of circumstances that confront me. I will trust in you always.
Oh, this spoke to me today, Cousin! I know how your life is being rescheduled and so is mine. But thankfully, God has all of it in His very capable hands. And that pause, it’s usually a much-needed break from the grind, like you wrote, to refocus on what is important in the big, eternal picture. Thanks for sharing – I’m going to do the same.