How to Deal with the Unexpected

bible reading challenge day 94

Certain times come into our lives that bear no surprises.

We saw it coming.

We expected the job layoff- everyone else was getting laid off. It was simply our turn.

Or we thought that car was going to break down because it was paid off and had needed no repairs for the last five years. (Ok, two years.) Still- no huge surprise.

The tax increase on the house had been anticipated- it was just a matter of the assessment taking place.

Some of the trials of life are easily expected as they lurk in the foreground- and this makes them a bit more manageable in some respects.

Though certain hardships are just.plain.tough. No matter how far you know in advance.

Then, that other category sneaks up on us.

You know the one- the unexpected.

The surprise that wasn’t so sweet. The news that was far from pleasant. 

The phone call that sent a panic into our veins.

Can I pause for a moment to tell you I’ve experienced a few of those in my life?

They aren’t pretty.
They come from nowhere and before you know it, you’ve been blindsided. You didn’t see it coming and it’s too late to attempt to do anything about it. The injury has been sustained. The news has been delivered. The clock has struck and there is no turning back the time to yesterday.

Your body feels like it has been slammed to the ground.

Your breath and life have been taken from you- yet you still breathe and live.

Your spirit is wounded and dried up to the point of feeling nonexistent yet the ache does not go away. You can hardly believe it is true.

In moments like these, my go-to book of the Bible is Psalms. David’s pleas with God reflect my heart’s alarm like nothing else can and when I bask in the presence of the Word of the Lord, this is where I learn how to deal with the unexpected.

how to deal with the unexpected

Today I’m giving you 5 Biblical truths to claim when you need to know how to deal with the unexpected.

1. God knows the best place for me in this moment.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

2. God will provide His strength to get me through this situation.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3

3. God will hear me when I pray to Him.

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6

4. God has worked wonders in the past and will do it again.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11&14

5. God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives.

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23

As the Utimate Environmentalist from the beginning of time, God always turns trash into treasure.

trash to treasure


Do you have a Biblical truth you cling to when dealing with the unexpected?

I’d love to read about it in the comments below!



Peeling Back the Paper

This morning I’ve spent a good deal of time removing wallpaper boarder.

I just felt your cringe.

Instead of looking at it as work, I was viewing it as stress relief. :)  Then the more I reflected… God started teaching me.

About wallpaper? Yep. Wallpaper.

Life is really a whole lot like that procedure I was performing this morning.

You soak down the first layer.

Then pray that it loosens up enough to scrape it off. 

Then you soak down the second layer.

And scrape it off.

At last, you are down to the bare wall.  But is it pretty?

Definitely not. 

It still has to be washed down. Then repaired.

Must be primed.

Then sanded.

And finally, it is ready for that first coat of paint.

Even that first coat looks skeptical, but by the second? You can tell what it’s going to look like in the end.

And when that final coat of paint is completed, WOW. It will knock your socks off.

So while I’m thinking through this whole endeavor, the lesson I was learning?

Life is like that procedure.

I’m the wall, got some junk on me, and God is cleaning it up.  Scraping off that old stuff that’s no longer necessary. As the Word soaks me…gets into my pores…soaks my mind, the trash begins to drop.  God is using the refining process to prepare that ol’ wall. When the crud is gone, His plan is to start painting.

And in the end, WOW.

It’s gonna knock your socks off.  

Job 23:10

But He knows the way that I take; [When] He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

This is the reason we can give thanks for the testing and trials in our lives.  This is the reason that Thanksgiving is not about being thankful for “stuff.”

Thanksgiving is when you are thankful for God peeling back the paper.

Because your big reveal of the reflection of His grace is about to shine through.

How is God scraping the junk out of your life today? Can you be thankful for it?