Posted by: bellissimanh | September 18, 2009

When God Does the Unexpected

Noah woke up with a tummy ache this morning, and so we both ended up taking the day off. Just as well since within an hour of rising my allergies were going CRAZY. I ended up taking Benadryl (in addition to my normal Zyrtec) and Advil and going back to sleep.

At some point during the day I went into the bathroom and took a brush to my hair. I glanced out the door and noticed Patches sitting there staring at me expectantly, her tail wagging to beat the band. I laughed, knowing exactly what she was thinking.

Each day goes pretty much the same around here, at least Monday through Friday. Joel and I have our devotions together, we get Noah ready for school, and then I get ready for work. Patches comes to work with me (yes, my office is cool like that!).  As I put the finishing touches on my hair, she sits waiting outside the bathroom — tail wagging and head cocked — knowing that any minute we’ll be heading out the door.

Today, I knew that wasn’t the plan. I had no intention of going anywhere with her this afternoon, yet she is so used to the routine that she was on auto-pilot, waiting for what she was sure was going to come next.

Sometimes I go through life the same way. I get so used to the routine that I just kind of glide through… anticipating everything to go along as planned. But every once in a while, the Lord allows something in my life that seems to come out of nowhere and I’m blindsided. Here I am, waiting expectantly for what I’m sure is going to come next, and suddenly the game plan is completely changed and I’m left wondering what happened.

But, as Martha Stewart might say, “It’s a good thing.”  If things always went the way I thought they would, complacency would set in. It’s important for me to have reminders that this journey of sanctification is not Burger King — I can’t have it MY way, it has to be HIS way. Having the rug pulled out from under me serves to deepen my trust in the Lord. And did I mention how humbling it is?

I’m learning (slowly) that rather than fight the surprises — good AND bad — that the Lord allows into my life, I must embrace them. I want need to be more intentional about seeking out the thing He is trying to teach me through each set of circumstances I face.  I need to look for Him in those times, see what He’s doing, and join Him in it.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Prov. 16:9)

“I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)


So where are we off to, Lord? No — wait… don’t tell me. Surprise me!



  1. Heather,

    I don’t do well with change or surprises either, especially if they disrupt my very planned out schedule. I am learning, however, to roll with the punches and to look at them as God’s way of keeping me fresh in my ever growing trust of Him.

    Great devo and I hope you and Noah feel better.


  2. Routines can so easily become ruts.
    Lord, surprise me!
    Blessings ~ Lisa

  3. YES! Me, too–“I want need to be more intentional about seeking out the thing He is trying to teach me through each set of circumstances I face. I need to look for Him in those times, see what He’s doing, and join Him in it.”

    Thanks for having the confidence that I’ll be blogging still. I hope to…but am still not there, yet. Thanks for sticking with me, dear Heather!!

  4. My little guy had a tummy ache today, too! Love this post…definitely get set on auto pilot, alot!

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