"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What Happens When the Unexpected Crashes Into Your World?

By Micky Wolf

2015 did not end as I would have hoped. Felled by the flu. The good news was that since I’d had the vaccine, the crashing onto the sofa was somewhat ameliorated in intensity and duration. Small consolation. Nevertheless, consolation.

2016 began in a similar manner. Although not confined to bed, was feeling worse for the wear. Was it a cold? Allergies? The lingering nasties from the earlier illness?

Not whining. Simply stating the state of self.

Then the big one. First week of the New Year. An emergency situation with a close family member. An event that would require no less than my beloved and I getting involved far beyond any ordinary or brief commitment. Helping would require all the physical, emotional, and mental energy we could muster, and then some. And to do so for the month of January.

The unexpected had crashed into my world.

At first I struggled with accepting and trusting that God could—was—at work in the midst of everything. Our life had been turned upside down. What, God, are we to do?

Then sitting in my chair this morning for a precious few moments of solitude, prayer, and preparation for the hard day ahead, I opened one email of more than a few that would have to wait until another time, likely another day.

Within the few words of the daily reflection: David took courage in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)

I took a deep breath and savored the meaning. Balm to my spirit. Strength for my body. Love enlivening my heart.

It may not be hordes of armies or long, sharpened spears that would cast a shadow over this day, however, the message was loud, clear, and direct from the heart of my Lord to my own. 
Take courage in Me.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Consider the final exchange between David and God in the verses that follow:

David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue these raiders? Can I overtake them?” The Lord answered him: Go in pursuit, for you will certainly overtake them and bring about a rescue.

What good news—any potential enemies approaching in the guise of frustration, fatigue, worry, anxiety or otherwise—none will be a match for the Lord who leads the way.

So, what happens when the unexpected crashes into our world?

Maybe all we can manage is to choose to take courage in the Lord our God.

And maybe, when it’s all said done, as little as that seems to be, it will be more than enough to carry us through the day—or days—in peace and joy as we do our best to walk the path set before us.


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