When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

Every one of my readers has been in the situation of things not going as planned. Maybe it was a sweetheart in high school who didn’t see life as we did and went another way. Or a job that didn’t pan out as we expected. Or health concerns rearing their ugly head at the absolutely worst time of our lives. I could go on–the list is endless.

I realize the majority of you don’t care for baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals but I am asking you to put that aside for a few minutes and read this story about one of the Cardinals’ player, Jason Motte. Back in spring training this year, Motte injured his elbow and needed season ending surgery.

The shelf life of a professional athlete is very short, so for Motte sitting out this year has been difficult. It could have been the most depressing time of his life. But it was not. All because Jason Motte learned some important lessons that allowed him to deal with the fact that life didn’t go as planned.

Motte devoted himself to his family and supporting children who are dealing with cancer. Now there’s something that speaks of when life doesn’t go as planned–young children coping with the ravages of a horrible disease. Jason has devoted himself to raising money to fight cancer and in the meantime, to help those children who are dealing with a dark future here on earth.

I present this story to you not to hold up Jason Motte as someone special but rather as someone who learned himself that life isn’t always fair but God still provides opportunities to develop new perspectives on life through the changes that come our way.

How about you? How have you handled life situations when your plans were thrown right out the window and you had to trust your Heavenly Father to lead you through the unknown? It requires faith in our loving God that He knows what is best for us. It requires trust in Him to see the possibilities that lie in new opportunities for growth in the uncharted parts of our lives.

The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12) Every time things don’t go as you had planned, remember, the Lord knows what is happening and will remain with you always. Then you simply place your hand in His and He will lead you safely through all the challenges of life.

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