Elisa Morgan says, “There are moments when God makes utter and complete sense to us, and then suddenly life changes and he seems a foreign remnant of a childhood force fed faith….”(Lord), give us eyes to see your coming and going ears to hear your voice and your silence, hands to hold your presence and your absence, and faith to trust your unchanging nature in all seasons.” It’s those times of change, especially the ones that you weren’t expecting that we are going to talk about on Fridays for the next 8 or 9 weeks. There is a group of about a dozen women meeting on Wednesday nights in West Des Moines, Iowa to learn whatever truths we can glean together. If you live in the area and would like to join us you are more than welcome. Leave me a comment and I’ll get you the details. However there were a few women who couldn’t come at that time so we are going to “blog study” together and we are inviting you to join us.
Carol Kent wrote a book called “When I Lay my Isaac Down” (our discussion book) in which she uses the term “unthinkable circumstances – circumstances that derail our carefully thought-out plans for our future.” Wednesday night our group of 12 divided into 2 groups to share what our personal unthinkable circumstances were. In my group I was amazed at the diversity of situations. We had home foreclosure with loss of many of their personal possessions in the house, inability to bear a child, death of a husband and soon after a 19 year old son, divorce, job loss, moving across the country to a strange place and one quiet woman who said, “I’m not comfortable sharing my situation yet. It’s not quite over…” I just wanted to hug her with all my might. If that’s you – something is happening but you’d rather not talk about it yet. That’s okay. Walk along with us and if you are ever ready, speak up but don’t feel obligated to share your personal story. Be strengthened by understanding that there are people all around you with questions about what is going on in their life.
Every woman there had tried to figure out “why” there situation was happening. They told of their “wild youth” or not taking their child to church while he was growing up or that they were always trying to “fix” things – everything, long before the “unthinkable” happened. I think it’s important that we recognize these thoughts. I would encourage you to write them down in your journal. If you are not journaling your way through this season I would encourage that you start. It helped me sort things out when I wrote it down, plus I’ve learned so much by being able to go back and see where we were and where we are now. After you have written down your thoughts about how you got where you are ask the Lord and a friend if you are willing to help you see what part of those thoughts are lies. See Satan likes to make us believe everything is our fault. It’s just not true. Believing lies makes everything worse. Philippians 4:8 says, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” (The Message) I can just hear some of you right now, “yeah right. That’s a “PollyAnna” type mentality. I’m really hurting and confused here.” If you are, that’s ok. We are all at different places in our walk. At this point, I just am praying that you will take the time to recognize that you are being attacked and it STINKS! In amongst that attack are firey darts of lies from the devil. We need the truth to help us navigate through this tough season.
Will you join us on this journey? Leave a comment letting us know that you are in or have been through an “unthinkable circumstance.” Share as much or as little as you’d like. You do not even have to leave your name. If someone you know came to mind when you read this encourage them to join us on Fridays. Read Carol’s book, “When I Lay My Isaac Down” and let us know what you hear when you listen for God’s voice in your life.