When the unexpected hits us, we can get angry, disappointed, even bitter at God.
I know when I received news of impending surgery and the 6 month post-operative rehab, that I wouldn’t be able to travel to any developing countries with rough road conditions for at least six months, I sat in the patient’s chair, frozen in shock.
But a peace washed over me.
God was prying my compulsions away from my hands, breaking my addictions, grinding my toxic life lived at breakneck speed to a halt. Not for any other reason other than because He loved me.
When I no longer could run or go to the gym, I walked. Walking saved me, because when I could not find the words to rail to God, walking in the darkness before dawn, walking at the pace He wanted me to live at, helped me gain clarity and find peace as He hit the biggest reset button in my life yet.
Quitting work, moving to Tanzania, launching a new book, stacking all these major transitions was too much and He already knew it. Surgery pulled the plug and mandated a divine rest- I got out of a toxic work pattern, unhealthy relationships got rejigged, and suddenly, the delay in our move to Tanzania made room for me to be present in the States for the launch of my new book in Jan 2024, a project that has been in the making for years and would otherwise have been rushed through in a frenzy.
Truly, when we trust God, we can trust that even what seems to be interruptions are only for the best.
Friend, if you’re struggling with your plans being wrecked, I see you. You’re in the best place yet- in the palm of His hands, even if you don’t see it yet. Keep walking.
“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.”- Romans 8:28