Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hospital stays and God's inexplicable ways

No matter how much we plan, life often takes unexpected detours.

We have been planning for the last couple of months in anticipation of our church's inaugural service. Directing the kids ministry is an exciting opportunity and we couldn't wait to see how it all came together. We had planned. We had organized. We had worked and we had PRAYED, all along imagining how it would go.

Saturday night I ended up in the hospital and missed our first Sunday service. I'll spare you the details except to say I'm fine...and I do NOT make a good patient!

Now normally something like this would have sent me into an absolute tailspin, but thankfully the LORD has used the events of the last few years to grow my faith. If you've been reading for awhile, you may remember Fred and all his visit taught me. Because of faith lessons learned, I never had a moment of stress or worry about missing the service. Granted I was disappointed, but I knew the LORD's hand was in it all the way. My sudden trip to the hospital, though surprising to me, was not surprising to Him in the least. He knew it was coming and had allowed me to get everything done before getting sick. Everyone at church pitched in and it all went off without a hitch.

Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will
succeed." Proverbs 16:3

We had committed this ministry to Him from the outset, praying for guidance each step of the way. If the ministry was fully committed to Him, then this was part of His plan for its success. I don't know why He allowed it to happen when He did, but I trust His plan for my life and for the life of our new church....but being the curious person I am, I sure wish He would let me in on it!

My devotion on Monday summed up my weekend perfectly.

Even when God's ways are inexplicable, His love is reliable."

Amen to that!


  1. There are some things that just don't seem to have any purpose at all huh? I love the analogy of a little girl sitting under her grandmother's embroidery hoop, looking up at the meaningless mess of thread and knots, and wondering what her grandma was doing up there... until she looked at it from above and saw the perfect picture that was coming together with every stitch.
    Praise God for His gift of peace no matter the circumstances!

  2. I love that verse... thank you for sharing...

  3. I hope you're doing well now! It can be hard, but instances like this can be so edifying to the body of Christ, especially when other members who would have been content to let you run the show are forced to step up. I've seen that happen since I've been sick and unable to do all the things I once did. The best thing is that God gets all the glory!


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