Several years ago, I walked into our North Carolina back yard looking for the big, lovable fluff-ball we affectionately called “Daisy.”
She was a happy, bouncy 40-pound dog that we rescued as a puppy from a local shelter. Some people thought she looked a little like “Lassie.”
Typically, she stayed outside in our back yard.
But, as I called her name that day, I realized she had gotten loose and was running free in our neighborhood.
I began to look for her in the neighbors’ yards and called her name a little louder, hoping she would hear me.
She spotted me about the same time that I spotted her.
Immediately, she came running for me at full throttle.
Often, in her youth and incredible excitement, she’d actually run so fast that she would pass by you and have to come back to you.
Daisy galloped toward me at full tilt, running with abandon in my direction.
As she neared me, I guessed that she was going to buzz by me on the left side.
So I hopped a little to the right as she got close to my position. Much to both of our surprises, she opted to go to the right as well.
The next thing I knew, I was lying flat on my back on the ground facing up at the sky – 180 degrees from where I had started.
Daisy had run right under my leg, and we’d both been knocked off of our feet onto the ground.
As I lay there looking up at the sky, she scampered out from under me and came back over to check on me.
My first thought in that moment was,
“How did I end up on the ground?
THIS Isn’t Where I Thought I’d Be Right Now!
That collision with my sweet dog didn’t hurt her at all.
However, I had months of physical therapy after the incident to heal from torn ligaments in one of my knees.
All is well today, but that incident stands out in my memory of how life can so quickly land us flat on our backs…
looking up at the sky…
and wondering how we got there.
Similarly, in my ministry and relationships, I see this sort of thing happening almost daily.
Friends will sit across from me or call me to share things like:
~ “This really isn’t what I signed up for.”
~ “This isn’t how I thought things were going to go.”
~ “I really don’t like my job at all.”
~ “I am so unhappy in my marriage.”
~ “I think parenting is way over-rated.”
~ “As a child, this is not the way I dreamed my life would turn out.”
~ “How did I get HERE?”
~ “I totally thought God would change things by now.”
“THIS Isn’t Where I Thought I’d Be Right Now!”
These thoughts make me think of an old poem I read years ago.
Maybe you will recognize it…
I often stop by the following verses when I need to be reminded about our great, sovereign God:
“The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:19)
‘Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.’ (Psalm 115:2-3)
“The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.” (Psalm 135:6)
So, where are you today?
Do you find yourself in an unusual or unexpected situation?
How have you found hope and encouragement during this season?
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