Thursday, April 27, 2023

When the Unexpected Happens


By: Donna Bucher

Let's face it, regardless of how well we plan, anticipate, or organize our days, we meet with the unexpected. Some of the unexpected we encounter are mere irritations like waiting longer for a medical appointment, a change in workflow, or having an outdoor event rained out.

But what about those unexpected plot twists that literally knock the wind out of you?

Like a sudden job loss, disconcerting news about a loved one, or a sudden illness?


Join me as I share five biblical truths to which you can cling, when the unexpected has you in a tailspin. Know this: God is never shaken by the unexpected because He knows the beginning, middle, and end of your story.

Not even the devil throws Him a curve ball, because He already knows everything concerning you.


God knows the best place for you in this hard place.

"He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me." Psalm 18:16-19


"For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." Psalm 27:5


God provides grace and strength to bring me through this situation.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10


"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah."

Psalm 46:1-3


God hears my prayers.

"In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears." Psalm 18:6


"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24


God has done marvelous things in the past and will do it again.

"I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old, Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people." Psalm 77:11,14


"Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." Psalm 40:5


God has a plan and purpose for everything happening in our lives.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." Psalm 37:23


"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." Psalm 138:8


I pray these biblical truths encourage you today or whenever you feel blind-sided by an unexpected turn of events. God is the Divine Author of your story; He wastes nothing and redeems everything, even the unexpected trials and challenges we face every day. And the best part? He never leaves you nor forsakes you, (Joshua 1:5) but remains with you through it all!


What is your initial response to the unexpected in your day or life?


Which biblical truth brings you the most comfort?


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  1. Love this Donna! ♥ I would love to say my first response is to go straight to God, however, it is often after I have shed many tears. I love the knowledge that God has done it before and will do it again!

  2. Thank you, Jenifer! I'm still learning to embrace the unexpected rather than immediately crumble when things don't go the way I anticipated. God is so gracious to gently remind us He never changes even though circumstances are unpredictable!

  3. This is most encouraging, Donna. I cry quickly but I also remember quickly that God gives the strength to get us through situations. In remembering what He has brought us through in the past, I am filled with comfort, peace, and courage to know He will be faithful again. I am so grateful He does not leave us to navigate life on our own.


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