This approach usually works, and we work hard to deliver on that “unexpected” promise. But as most of us know, the unexpected things in life are not just limited to conversations that go in new and interesting directions. Often, it seems that life can change instantly from the unexpected.
I have been reminded recently of the way life can throw you a twist. A simple maneuver exiting my car led to a pop and pain in my knee. This over the course of a few weeks left me with a leg that I cannot straighten. Multiple doctor’s appointments, tests, x-rays, an MRI, and weeks of physical therapy have left me with leg that is better but not back to “normal.” After six weeks of crutches, and now one of those nifty knee scooters, I am asking, “What next?”
I never expected this unexpected. How about you? Has life led to the unexpected? Maybe you’ve experienced something smaller than a knee injury. But maybe it’s something that makes a knee injury seem utterly insignificant. So, now what? Where do you turn when something or someone that gave you your identity is taken away? Where do you turn?
It’s times like these when we find out if our priorities have been in the right place. Whether the friends we have invested in are true friends. Whether we have built the family relationships that will sustain us. Maybe we even see if the faith we claim can carry us through life’s unexpected disappointments and even tragedies.
As days turned into weeks, my prayers became more urgent. “God please give me answers. Please fix my knee.” As weeks turned to a month, and now two, my prayers have changed. “God, what are you teaching me through this? Will I still trust you if I don’t get back to the way things used to be? I trust you.”
I again realize that my challenges pale in comparison to many of you. However, it might be that the questions we ask are the same. Maybe the answers are the same as well.
To all of you that are currently facing the tough unexpected things of life, I ask God to provide the answers you seek.