Life As It Is
Praise God, I have been blessed to live well into my sixties. Looking back, almost everything I've experienced, good or bad, has been pretty much unexpected. Most of the choices I've made haven't turned out the way I planned. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (although sometimes it feels like it is), God simply used the unpredictability of life to teach me to trust Him. Except for focusing on my eternal salvation, it's not smart for me (or you ) to live looking too far down the road. No matter our plans, none of us know what is going to happen in our future. We need to look around and experience life as it is right now.
Each season of my life provided twists and turns I didn't expect. Even the things I planned that turned out well weren't quite how I thought they would be. I will spare you sixty plus years of examples. Suffice it to say, the road of life is full of mountains and valleys, potholes and sinkholes, blind curves and switchbacks—and God throws in a little rain, fog, snow and ice from time to time to keep things interesting. He also sends us sunshine and flowers, friendship and love, children and family and straight stretches of road through His beautiful world. Since we simply can't see very far ahead, we need to observe and feel life as it is right now.
That doesn't mean we can't make plans, choose career paths, marry and raise families, save for retirement, make advance appointments to get our hair done or buy out-of-season clothes for next year when they are on sale. It does mean we need to hold those plans loosely as God in his wisdom may have something else in mind or see something else coming our way. We need to trust God with our life today, as it is right now.
Sorrow, joy and every day ups and downs are part of living in this world. Knowing this doesn't make the hard times any easier or disaster and trauma any less devastating. So we need to come alongside one another and pull together. As individuals we need to be flexible and adaptable and be willing to step up for others when needed and accept help from others when the need is ours. We need to lean hard on God and trust that He knows what He's doing. And whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, in the middle of life as it is:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5