2016-11-16 - When Things Go Awry
Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to throw your hands up in the air and say, “ok, I give up!” Now, don’t give up forever, but know you’re not alone in those feelings, any given day. Being a person who plans when I can, even when I understand that life happens in the grays rather than black and white place, I get frazzled temporarily, when a plan goes awry. And at times, it seems the more I try to remain calm, the worse I feel.
Here’s an example of a twist from this morning. My husband does the sound at church, and I began helping him some months ago doing power point for praise and worship and other parts of the service. Whoever is leading in whichever area (music, children’s ministry, or Pastors) does their own slides, we load them into the church computer back in the booth, and I scroll through them at the appropriate times. This week, we had a guest worship leader, and the short story is the slides made for her could not be used. So with about fifteen minutes before beginning service, they all needed to be typed over again. Naturally the songs were longer, with more verses to them, and in the end we got part of them typed, did one without any as a congregation reflection time, and the last song coincided with the hymnals - so we used them for it. Meanwhile the congregation is usually completely unaware of any behind-the-scenes issues such as those and today was no exception. Even doing our best, being prepared as we should, there are still many times plans can go awry, and we need to be ready to start over and move forward.
Every morning, we wake up we get a chance to start over. When we come to know our Lord and Savior, we can count on the foundation He has laid for us to get through any situation no matter how out of control it all seems to be at times. Slow down, remember who truly has control, continue to lean on Him, and let him lead you back to the right course of action. And when it looks like all is well to others, and you know differently, give glory to the one who walks you through it. He’s got you!
“And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:13)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted