Photo Credit-Courtney Wilson
Tara is speaking of those HARD unexpected's. My biggest hard unexpected came with the end of my marriage. I never dreamed this unexpected would come my way. To say I was devastated would be a huge understatement. It was a life changing unexpected. The death of my daddy when I was 14 was a hard unexpected. What child thinks their parent is going to die? I remember the day my momma told me daddy was dying in a moment of frustration. Those moments when we are slapped in the face with the unexpected are never forgotten. While reading Kara's book, I thought of the many hard unexpected's most are faced with at some point in life--we are floating along and WHAM--the hard unexpected.
Why would God allow these hard unexpected's in the lives of those He has called His Beloved? I choose to believe it is for His good purpose. In my case,one reason was to pull me into a closer relationship with Him --both times. He woes us in our agony, calls to us in our grief, and faithfully loves us when all else seems lost. When all is right with my world, I begin to become complacent in my quest to know Him better. Why I even begin to think I deserve the good life. What I deserve and how He blesses me are as far as the east is form the west. In my utter desperation, I not only turned, but ran to Him.
So--as with Kara--we are given the opportunity to choose how we deal with the hard unexpected's. If we are grieving, are we able to grow in our grief? If suffering from the pain of illness-whether terminal or acute, are we able to allow others to serve and minister to us? Are we able to accept the unexpected as God's will, for surely nothing occurs without passing through His hand? Are we able to look beyond our own pain, grief, loss, agony and accept God's plan being better than our own? Tough--tough questions! My answer was to tell Him, "I cannot do this! Help me!" Remembering his eternal vision and view of the big picture---it is an act of faith---to live and believe even in the "HARD UNEXPECTED", He is present.
And Jesus said-
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."