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I'm Glad I Didn't See That Coming!

While Mom, my friend, Barbara, and I were at the beach the other day we sat our chairs in the edge of the water. We did that because the breeze is best down by the water and we wanted our feet in the water to keep us cool. The water was a freezing 62!! We were all being quiet and I told them I was closing my eyes and "writing". We all had our eyes closed when a freezing tsunami came over us! well, maybe not a tsunami but it was cold! We all screamed! I said, "I am glad I did not see that coming!"

There have been many times in my life that I am thankful that I did not see that coming! I am so thankful that I did not know that my Dad was going to have a stroke that day. I am so thankful I did not know of my diagnosis coming. I am so thankful I did not know other heartbreaks were coming! I am so thankful I did not see the 2020 chaos coming!

Years ago, I agreed to trade my plans for God's plan for my life. At first I was excited. He whispered a promise to my heart and would later confirm it through His Word. It has taken a lot of faith to believe what He was telling me. I have tried to obey Him. At first following this plan was wonderful but then my journey had road blocks and detours. I didn’t doubt God’s presence, but I questioned His plans.

While I still trusted God, I questioned His route. I know that is stupid but, as humans, we do that. I have to remember the quote my daughter put on my mirror the night I was diagnosed with cancer. Proverbs 3: 5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." So many blessings came from that time. I would have never believed all the good. I forget that God uses bad for good for those who love Him. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Isaiah 55: 8-9, "“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" God sees the whole picture. He works in ways we cannot fathom! He can do anything!

Even though he didn't understand how he would ever become the father of nations, Abraham praised God. Even though he was running for his life instead of sitting on the throne, David praised God in the wilderness. Even thought they could have never imagined that Jericho's wall would fall without a fight, the Israelites praised God. Job 11:7, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”

While I am glad that I don't see what's coming, I am glad that I do know Who is in charge and Who will take care of me! "Every difficulty you face, in every waiting place, you're being given the chance to trust in the things unseen and to be abundantly blessed." Cherie Hill


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