Dealing With The Unexpected

I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations.  No matter what our circumstances, there are always things we can thank the Lord for.  Even when the unexpected occurs, we can be thankful.  Our Thanksgiving morning took a quick, unexpected turn when a dog fight broke out between our Corgie and my daughter and son-in-law’s Border Collie.  My son-in-law tried to separate the dogs, but before that happened, our dog lunged at his dog and his hand was in the path of her mouth, resulting in the tip of his little finger being bit off!  We went to the ER at the nearby hospital, still in jammies and I in my sweatshirt and sweat pants.  Needless to say, the day turned out differently than we had planned!  Hopefully surgery will not be needed, but there is a chance it will be.  So, we pray and seek God’s mercy on my son-in-law.  Yet, in it all, I could see God’s goodness, grace and mercy.  He heard our cry for help and kept my son-in-law strong through the whole ordeal.  Even the giant needle for the numbing of his hand while they cleaned it up didn’t seem to weaken him.  I was so impressed with his calmness and fortitude!  He would agree, though, that the Lord Jesus was His Rock and strength.  I am truly thankful they are now home safely and seeing a surgeon on Monday in their home town.

We just never know when our world will be turned upside down, but we can be prepared for the unexpected by staying close to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is our Support, He is our Sovereign God, knowing the beginning from the end and all the in between time, too.  I can’t encourage you enough to know His Word, in your heart and mind, and to look to Him for help in all that is unexpected and expected, as well.

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Thoughts

I heard and my inward parts trembled,

At the sound my lips quivered.

Decay enters my bones,

And in my place I tremble.

Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,

For the people to arise who will invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom

And there be no fruit on the vines,

Though the yield of the olive should fail

And the fields produce no food,

Though the flock should be cut off from the fold

And there be no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will exult in the LORD,

I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The Lord GOD is my strength,

And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,

And makes me walk on my high places.

Habakkuk 3:16-19

These verses have been running through my head since I heard the news last night of who won the presidential election.  My husband just said, “We’re hosed.”  I find myself vascillating between trembling (at the thought of what is coming for our nation) and rejoicing that the End is drawing ever closer, when we will see Jesus and be with Him forever.  We have been told what God is planning for the judgment of this world and the nations that comprise  it.  His Word is very clear.  Yet, as Habakkuk expressed, we must wait quietly for the day of distress.  At the same time we can rejoice in the Lord and know He is our strength, He is Sovereign over it all, and He will never leave us or forsake us.  He will give us deer-like feet to run and not grow weary and wings like an eagle to mount up in the storm and soar with Him as our Savior.  May we turn to Him, and not this world, for our comfort and support!