2 Chronicles 15:7 ~ Be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded.
As I’m laying back in the chair at the dentist office getting five fillings (yes, I know. It’s a long story but a good one!), I’m thinking about all the things I want to get done that day. Things I NEED to get done.
Our house is still a mess from our vacation, I have meat that needs to be cooked before it goes bad, and I have laundry everywhere, clean and dirty. I want to have everything caught up before the weekend…before my husband comes home from work.
I’m making a long mental list while they’re finishing up at the dentist and all of a sudden there’s bad pain where they’re working and my neck goes numb. They finish up, I swell up like a balloon, I pay my bill and my chest and neck are hurting really bad.
I go home.. I can’t get anything done because I’m miserable. I assume it’s some sort of reaction to the shots and it will wear off along with the numbing. It doesn’t. It gets worse.
Long story short.. I end up back at the dentist, who sends me to the ER, who admits me in the hospital…for TWO DAYS! There goes my weekend!! I really didn’t want to leave my husband running our house and managing our son’s diabetes (Type 1), with a messy house, no laundry and meals uncooked and unplanned. Our house was in the worst possible state and I was bound and determined to fix it fast…but I was too late.
By the way: it wasn’t an allergic reaction but an uncommon complication to dental work where the air from the instrument that blows air on the teeth filled my neck, esophagus, and chest around my heart with air. Who knew that was even possible?!
My husband did a terrific job at handling the situation (although one of our children did admit that he was frantic but so was I.) My daughter cooked the meat, and the kids cleaned the house. But I was flustered about being in the hospital to say the least and worried about my messed up plans.
4 things to remember when things don’t go as planned
1. Stay calm and turn to God
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
God gives us peace that the world can’t give us. Do not let your hearts be troubled… turn to God, PRAY, and focus on HIM. Even in the middle of chaos.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Take a deep breath and BE STILL. Give every concern to God.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Remember: we have the Holy Spirit living in us. We have power, love and self-discipline. Sometimes it’s easy to get flustered and upset when things go awry. We have the power of God living inside of us. Take heart!
2. Be joyful
That’s a weird subtitle to me. I hate to admit it but it’s the last thing I do when things don’t go as planned.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
It doesn’t say ‘if’ we face trials but ‘when’ we face trials. Things are going to go wrong and we’re all going to have trials. Why should we consider it joy when things go wrong? Because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. Why is that significance? So that we can be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. THAT’S HUGE!!!
3. Trust God and His plans for our lives
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We can trust that God is always going to be with us and work everything together for the good. He loves us very much and wants us to draw near to Him and trust Him. Sometimes I close my eyes and just focus on God and His love. I also try to recite every single verse I can think of. It’s amazing how much I relax and feel God’s peace during the most difficult times.
4. Move forward
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
As hard as it is sometimes we must not give up. We must keep moving forward and trusting God even when we don’t feel like we can. Keep moving forward by faith when things go wrong and watch God do amazing things!
Please share your story! How has God helped you when things didn’t go as planned?