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The Unexpected Turn


Life’s unexpected turns overshadow the big picture, but should they? 

The day begins. A plan is established. Yet rarely do things work as scheduled. Interruptions arise, things break down, others fail to do what they’ve promised. It becomes a frustration that one expects things to go wrong. 

A wise rancher trusts that the work will be there tomorrow. Error is part of his work while keeping his hand to the plow. A foolish rancher spends his energy in anger, as things break down and rot away, all while seeking to control what is only God’s to control.

The unexpected turn of events is the standard, but not everyone truly embraced this reality. The unexpected turn becomes an overshadowing cloud pouring rain for those choosing to let such a cloud linger overhead. This attitude can perpetuate anger, frustration, disappointment, depression, etc., over the inability to have expectations met.

Then there are those all to willing to accept the unexpected turn. An attitude that isn’t by some innate godliness, but by having no plan whatsoever. Their solution to the problem, that plagues everyone in life, is to stop caring. By having no expectation there will then be no failure, right? Then without failure a person can then feel good about life? I know that last sentence isn’t really a question, but it should be, can we really feel good about life without expectations? Should we eliminate all plans and stop looking forward to something, or anything?  Should we accept what comes with an impassive fatalism? The obvious answer is no, of course not. 

Not that all matters will be solved, or expectations met. It is important to handle the unexpected turn, and what life has to offer everyday, by understanding better who God is and what He does. Take the time to meditate upon the following proverbs and you may find that resting in God’s sovereign provision will always help with the unexpected turn and unmet expectation. 

The Plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord… The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:1, 9

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