The Unpredictable

I read recently that when something unusual happens, pay attention. God is doing something. I don’t know where I read it. If it was your blog, email or post please accept my apology for the lack of credits. I just do not remember.

Paying attention to what is happening, especially when it is out of the ordinary can present a huge challenge. We easily get transferred to our own agendas when life becomes predictable. We forget the encouragement James gave the refuges to say (actually say) if God wills I will do this or that. We just make our plans because, after all, things are predictable.

When the predictability fails we are likely caught with the “deer in the headlights” look wondering what just did (or did not) happen. If the whole “deer in the headlights” thing confuses any of my readers, just think of the expression on someone’s face at a paralyzing moment when facing the unexpected.

When the unexpected happens… Actually nothing unexpected can happen if we are walking through life assuming God is working and guiding events. We just deal with whatever He sends our way without getting anxious , flustered, or irritated. Having no expectations other than absolute confidence in God’s involvement is critical to experiencing the “Peace that passes understanding.” It has nothing to do with circumstances or results, only confidence in God’s involvement.

Be “All In” and pay attention when the unpredictable happens. God is doing something special.

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2 thoughts on “The Unpredictable

  1. Nothing unexpected from God’s perspective can happen, but certainly unexpected to us. And sometimes our natural response can be anxiety, bewilderment, disappointment, or grief. How do you live completely without expectations? I am far from mastering that one.
    And yet it is true that our single hope and only peace, whether the situation is predictable or a surprise to us, lies in the sovereignty of a wise, good, and loving God who understands our responses and gently calls us back to trust and rest.


    1. We are not to live without any expectations. The expectations we live with are that God loves us and that this loving God will ultimately work all things together for good for those who love Him and are all about His purposes. That said, we are all easily distracted, aren’t we? Good News on that front is that God has decided to love us anyway!
      “Mastering it” seems to be a journey. It certainly is not a destination I have reached.
      Thank you for joining the discussion.


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