A last minute change in plans can alter the dynamic of, not just the moment but the entire day, week, even year. Good or bad, exciting or scary, upbeat or downtrodden; no matter the direction it heads, your world, as you know it in that instant, has been altered.
We all face minor versions of this throughout our day. Good: Your husband surprises you with a date night, complete with a babysitter. Bad: You walk out of the store only to find that you have a flat tire. Some, could go either way: It snowed 6 inches overnight and school is cancelled… you have some quick calendar magic to workout but you could have a lot fun with the kids, snowmen and hot chocolate. How we handle the after-effects of the upheaval has been on my mind.
Feeling as though you have lost control of a situation can be unnerving and overwhelming. In that moment, we should seek the grace of patience and, eventual, understanding. Psalm 139: 15-16 tells us:
(15) You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (16)You saw me before I was born. Everyday of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
In this we hear that God has been with us from the very beginning. He watched over every molecule of our formation and laid a plan for every moment of our life. So, God threw you a curve ball! That doesn’t mean you throw down your bat and turn in your pinstripes. (Sorry, I’m a baseball fan and the season has just opened; GO CUBBIES!) That simply means you buckle down, rub some spit in your palms and knock the next one out to Addison and Clark (out of the ballpark for you non-Chicago folks). Every moment was laid out… The ball was in the strike zone, you were just caught checking out the ivy. (Seriously with baseball metaphors already!) Let’s put it this way…
As a busy wife and mother, I am often asked how I can handle it all. The simple answer- By the grace of God and the skin of my teeth. I don’t always know what is coming nor do I always handle it with what could even be mistaken as grace. When my life does turn all flippty, however, I try to remind myself that God has it all figured out. He has a plan for me, a reason for all he does. I just have to know that He is always with me, hold on tight, and try my best to enjoy the ride. Oh, and occasionally I have to ask St. Anthony to help me find my sanity! The next time your world is rocked by an unexpected change, think about Psalm 139 and know- We might not feel in control but God is and He will be more than happy to help you through.
How do you get through it all?