It’s not usually easy when we have our plans changed suddenly by circumstances that are outside of our control. In fact, it can really mess with our emotions, and sometimes even our amount of faith. We wonder why our life, which was once so well-ordered, is falling apart, why everything is beyond our control and not at all going the way we hoped or imagined it would. For those of use who are careful planners and maybe even border on being OCD in certain situations, a wrench thrown into our plans can completely destroy our good mood, and cause us to blame ourselves in some way.
We have to realize that things beyond our control that mess up our plans are just that: things beyond our control. That means it’s time to take a deep breath and stop blaming ourselves. Stress can really have negative effects on our health as well as our emotional well-being, so the more we can limit stressing out about the situation, the better off we will be.
As a Christian, it is important that I remind myself that God is in control over all things – even the things that I cannot control, including powerful weather events and the actions of other people. Many times, as we look back at our lives, we’ll see that past changes of plans ended up being much better for us than our original plans for ourselves. We can see, in hindsight, that God knows what’s best for us, even when we can’t see the bigger picture.
Unfortunately, we often forget the previous faithfulness of God as we deal with current difficulties. When life is overwhelming, we must look back to remind ourselves of all that God has done for us in the past, so we can strengthen our faith in the present.