When I was young I dreamed about the perfect day. Pancakes in the morning, no school, road hockey all day…
Such is the imagination of a 7-year old boy.
When we grow up we still dream about what a perfect day might be like. But, of course, it rarely happens.
Yet that doesn’t stop us from being wildly disappointed when things don’t turn out exactly like we want them to.
I’m just telling you what you already know: That things often go wrong and don’t turn out as you’d expect.
The reason it’s important to acknowledge this fact is because doing so can actually improve your approach to life. Instead of being upset every single time something goes off the rails, you can:
(a) stop being surprised, and
(b) proactively approach it with godly, problem-solving wisdom.
Psalm 112:7 comes to mind: “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.”
Difficult things do happen. Stuff goes wrong. Broken relationships, choices and priorities wreak havoc. As far as I can tell that’s not going to stop until Jesus returns. So let’s not be thrown to the ground in surprise and fear every time bad news peeks around the corner.
Maybe it’s just me, but expecting challenges in life actually brings me some peace. I’m not always happy when things go afoul. But it reminds me that we live in a broken world, that we continually need to trust in the Lord, that he is always with us, and that we need to do our humble best at approaching what comes our way with godly, problem-solving wisdom.
Friends, it’s a big ole world. And you and I are invited to navigate the winds with eyes wide open under Christ’s victorious banner of truth and love.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.”
By Matthew Ruttan