postheadericon The Unexpected


I don't deal the best with change. I never really have. I'm a planner, plain and simple. When things don't go the way I expect them to, I don't always react in a way that I'm proud of. I've had several opportunities lately to practice my reactions.

Yesterday morning, my pastor called to tell me that he was sick. He asked if I could lead worship. It was about an hour and a half before worship was to start and I was still about an hour away from home. But of course! Unexpected, but a blessing.

In that moment, I prayed. It was all I could think to do. Like I said, I am a planner. Normally if I lead worship, I have a minimum of several weeks or months to prepare. I write and tweak and practice everything over and over. But I didn't have that this time around. But sometimes, no planning is necessary. It allows the Holy Spirit to fully work in you.

God taught me a lot yesterday through this unexpected event. When I give up control, He can do some pretty amazing things.

Because of some really awesome teenagers in my life, this is a scripture passage that I've been thinking a lot about recently:

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glorythat far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

I don't need to focus and fixate on what I can see, what I can plan, what I can control. God has so much more in store for me. He has SO much more in store for all of us. We can't see or know the things He is planning, the ways He is working, the things He is moving. But those things are eternal. God is working for good in our lives. And even when something unexpected pops up, He will use it for His glory. And for that, I'm incredibly grateful!