When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Has there ever been a time when you were trying to function in chaos but eventually had to rely on another person to gain stability?

A few years ago, I had hip replacement surgery.  I consumed a variety of medications during my time in rehabilitation to manage my pain and other medical issues.  By day three or four, I had become quite confused.

One evening, in the midst of one of my future husband Jeff’s visits, I became extremely agitated and initiated a heated but comedic discussion with him.

“Why don’t you take your car to Lens Crafters?!  You know you’re struggling financially!” I asked frustratingly.

“Huh?  Why?” Jeff questioned, quizzically.

“They will give you money for it!”  I responded with much irritation.

“What?!  Can you say that again?” he answered, laughing and realizing that the drugs were probably causing this confusion.

There are many occasions in our daily practices when we bring stability and peace to times of confusion.  However, sometimes our own worlds turn upside down, and we need to turn elsewhere to regain balance.  Colleagues.  Friends.  Family.  Pastors.  Counselors.  Where can you go, though, when you have no person available to approach?  Implement your own resources, and seek hope in your faith, trusting that the Lord will always provide—in His own way and not always in the ones we desire.  Keep in mind the Lord’s statement from the scripture Isaiah 42:16:

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.





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