Life has a way of throwing suddenlies at us does it not? By their very nature suddenlies come when we least expect them. Sometimes, they can be the very things we have been looking forward to. Suddenly, all our household was saved. Suddenly, we have the finances to pay all our bills. Suddenly, we meet that person we’ve been waiting for. Suddenly, we are offered that job we have been praying for, for a long, time.
There is one thing about suddenlies that we may not always realize. Suddenlies can change our lives in an instant. Even those good suddenlies that we’ve been praying for, may require us to change our lives, or to look at things in a completely new way.
Perhaps you’ve been waiting for the Lord to open a door of ministry for you, or to show you where that job is that you’ve been praying for. Then suddenly, there’s an open door. But along with that open door, you may find you have to move to a new place leaving behind all that is comfortable and familiar to you. Your answer comes, and with it comes change.
If it can be a challenge to be prepared, even when those good things occur, then how much more of a challenge it can be to try and be prepared for those things we never hoped to see.
Suddenly, the storm came and created havoc. Suddenly, you lose a job or a relationship or a loved one. Suddenly, you are faced with a health issue you weren’t expecting. Suddenly, your life or your kids seem out of control. What do we do in those times? Do we have what we need to help us through?
It’s in those times of crisis, that having a solid foundation in God’s Word is so important. It’s good to know those promises, when we need them to stand on. And to know who we are putting our faith in. Even though it may seem that our life is like shifting sand beneath our feet. When we know down deep that the Lord is with us, and that our lives are planted firmly on the solid rock of God’s Word, then we can know that with His help, we will somehow get through whatever lies ahead.
I desire to always be at that place where even if a suddenly happens, my first reaction is faith. Faith that with God everything will be OK. Is that your first reaction? If so, that’s wonderful! I would love to say that that has always been my go to reaction. However, if I were to be honest, there have been times when my first reaction was fear, or panic. Yet, it helps to know that when we know the promises of the Lord, once we get over our initial reaction, we will know where we can run to, to get the help we need.
I am so thankful for the promises God has put in His Word, and for the comfort those promises can give, no matter what situation we may find ourselves in. When we keep our minds and our thoughts focused on those promises things can be so much less stressful.
When we are waiting for those good suddenlies to happen in our lives,we may think we are waiting for the Lord to bring them to pass. Sometimes it’s quite the opposite. He may be waiting for us to make the changes needed in our lives before we start something new. He’s so patient with us. He just waits till He knows we are ready.
There’s something else that I’ve noticed about suddenlies, recently in particular. I have two friends going through completely different situations in their lives right now. In both cases the situation happened suddenly. The situations were not from God, yet you can see His hand moving in their lives and situations. Roman’s 8:28 tells us “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Neither one of them wants to be in the situation that they are in, yet they have no choice but to keep walking through it. One thing that is clear to see while observing them, is that they are not walking through this alone. God is indeed working all things together for their good. In both cases He is putting exactly the people, situations and places in front of them that they need, when they need it. Their faith is increasing as they see the Lord meeting their need. The Lord is also bringing out new strengths and gifts in each of them that perhaps they didn’t even realize were there.
They are also both very aware that when they have walked through their hard time, they will have a testimony to the goodness of God. And both desire for the Lord to use them and their testimony to help others who may be going through similar situations. Though it wasn’t what they would have chosen, they will come out stronger on the other end of their struggle, and God will get all the glory.
Are you walking through a situation or a challenge in your life? God is so good that He has given us scriptures we can stand on no matter what our need may be. His will is not for us to carry the burden of our cares. He wants to carry them for us. Psalm 55:22 tells us to “Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Or Matthew 11:28 “ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
He will give us wisdom if we ask, James 1:5. He comforts the brokenhearted, Psalm 34:18. He is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows, Psalm 68:5. He will never leave us nor forsake us, Deuteronomy 31:6. And no matter what valley we may be walking through, He is with us. Psalm 23:4.
Whether it’s healing, provision, comfort or direction you may need, there are scriptures for you to stand on. Need a friend? Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and He will never disappoint you or cause you harm.
The next time we find ourselves walking through a hard time, or even one of those happy suddenlies that may require adjustment on our part, maybe we can take some advice from the Psalmist.