A thought by Christine Caine from her book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure (p. 28). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Christine says, “No matter how much we wish we could go around a situation, under it, over it, or be delivered from it, there are times God wants to walk us through a process because that is what’s best for us.”
It may not be what we think is best, but we need to trust Him because He knows what is best.
She goes on, “The challenge then becomes choosing not to allow the enemy to use these unplanned and upsetting events to rob us of life. The enemy wants to derail our lives from the plans and purposes of God—if not for a lifetime, then at least for a season. He wants to pull our focus away from God’s promises and divert it to our crisis. He wants to paralyze us in the present and to veil our vision and hope for our future.
“But I have found that moving through whatever you’re facing isn’t about merely surviving until it’s over, and then numbing your way through the rest of your life. Moving through is about continuing to live a life of purpose and passion—of always moving forward, never losing sight of your objective—no matter how devastating the unexpected is. Facing cancer renewed my resolve: While I know that I will live forever in eternity, I choose to live fully alive here on earth and make every second count for God and his kingdom purposes until the day I die.”
Earlier she said, “I believed God for a miracle. I wanted to be delivered from this situation. I believed that God could supernaturally heal me and simply make the cancer disappear from my body. He had done it for others, and I desperately wanted him to do it for me. But I soon discovered that God was not going to supernaturally deliver me from this. He was going to walk me through it.”
And that is where the trust comes in. So, in the unexpected situation you are facing will your focus on your fear of the situation or on your faith in your Father to take you through the situation? Will you put your full trust in God?