The Surprises of Life

Take-ActionThese past few days have given us much to consider. As we have been dealing with the surprise of our friend Cat, who delivered her baby at 27 weeks we all realize the uncertainties and challenges of day to day life.

The Navy SEALS are fond of referring to each day as “Another Day in Paradise” regardless of challenges or complexities. Jesus said it this way So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mt. 6:34)

While none of us understand the WHY of the baby coming so early nor is anyone able to pronounce with certainty HOW this will develop, we can know the WHO of all of life.  I constantly remind you that God is in control … not us.  Talking with Cat somehow teaches me that while life is complicated, it is also simple.

Here are four things I am learning through this current situation:

  1. We can’t absolutely know what the future holds, but we can absolutely know who holds the future.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” A simple reminder that God hold the whole world together and has a plan.  I do not know the exact plan, but I trust God.
  2. We can’t be plan for everything, but we can plan for the main thing.  While it is our responsibility to prepare and plan as best as we can in every area of life we must acknowledge that often we get our focus on the wrong things.  Cat has certainly learned that there are things in life that are more important that others.  As you know, Jesus summed up all the pursuits of life in one simple command in Matt. 6:33“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
  3. Small victories need to be celebrated!  There are no guarantees as to the long-term prognosis for the baby, but each day brings rays of sunshine and hope into the parent’s hearts.  The fact that the baby is feeding and breathing is a positive step in the right direction.  In the same way, you and I must learn to celebrate the small victories in our life and home and business each day.  Continue to show gratitude and graciousness to those around you. Finally
  4. Remember what really matters.  Embrace, enjoy, and engage in the things of life that matter.  Celebrate everyday you have to the fullest.  Make your life one that echoes the three G’s.  Balance everything you do with gratitude, graciousness, and generosity.  When we do, we will be prepared for whatever lies ahead.  Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”