Startled by God

Startled. Startled by the tragic turn of events. More accurately … startled by God.

Did you know that this heart-wrenching, heart-stopping, heartbreaking incident did not catch Providence by surprise?

All the days of our lives – all the days of our nation’s life – all the days of this planet’s life – they were written before there was yet one of them (Psalm 139:16).

So lift up your eyes. See the despair-driven dilemma in a different light.

Look up!

It is His story. Not ours.

Yes, it’s bad … really bad, to be sure.  But rest.

Surrender to His plan … yet work like there’s no tomorrow.

We don’t have time to wring our hands!

We have much to do —

We have much loving to do.  We have much serving to do.

We have much falling on our knees in repentance and adoration to do…

…much living out the path that is ours — our hard-lived story of praise, obedience, and sacrifice.

So do you know someone who needs a touch from Jesus today? His love changes things.

Startled, yes. Absolutely startled.

In fact, we are tempted to despair.

But let’s capitalize on the explosion of anguish that is shrouding our shine.

Let’s use that pent-up energy that is simmering in our soul to propel us forward?

Forward, to be His hands and feet…

… His hands and feet to that “broken one.”

Just one.

It can change the world.  One soul at a time.

Let’s do it today.


3 thoughts on “Startled by God

  1. Oh, how this post was a help to me today. We were startled by God in the turn of events this past October 1st, when our son, our only son, left home much like in the story of the prodigal. It has been a very difficult last 7 years for our son. Learning to lean into God in deeper ways and finding Him ever so faithful.


    • Thank you, Cindy. I’m so very sorry to hear about your son; I’m glad it helped in some small way. Life is full of disappointments, it seems … but, oh my! How those trials cause us to remember that this is not our home! We are pilgrims passing through, and we are not promised a bowl of cherries while we’re here, are we. I will be praying for your prodigal, and for you and your husband while you wait for his return. I love you, dear sister-in-Christ, and was so blessed by your visit.


  2. I just saw your reply now. Thank you for taking the time and for your encouraging message. Please keep in mind contacting me if you are making a trip to Boise. It would be my joy to take you out to lunch or for coffee. When I met you at your door, I remember you saying something like oh, a kindred spirit. I feel the same way about you! 🙂 thank you for your prayers for our son and for my husband and I. & I will be praying for grace for your every need.

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