Unexpected Turn of Events

Unexpected Turn of Events

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21: 30 – 31).


We were sure the double-wide trailer was an answer to prayer, a solution for our overcrowded living situation. Located near a beautiful lake, the mortgage was within our financial grasp. However, our hopes were soon dashed. To approve the loan, the trailer had to be on a permanent foundation. Unfortunately, the loan was needed to pay for a foundation. Caught in a disappointing paradox, we initially questioned God’s goodness, finally realizing that the Lord must have another plan.

Within a few weeks, my husband was offered employment that would necessitate a move. God saw what we could not. The good we wanted was not the best God intended. The horse was made ready to do battle, but the war was being waged elsewhere. He interrupted our plans because he had something else in mind.

Those of my age group and older may recall Tennessee Ernie Ford, a pioneer in the early days of television and well-known country singer. One of his notable expressions was, “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” I think Mr. Ford knew that our personal plans were dependent upon the Lord’s purposes.

Most humans fall between the spectrum of super planner and non-planner. Some folks are so organized they have spreadsheets for every arena of life. While others are so lax in pre-thought, they ride on the waves of “I’ll get to it eventually.”

Yet, even the most disorganized among us will fall into patterns of predictability. Made in God’s image, our natures require a modicum of order.

          Yet our God who ordered the Universe also created seasons. Change can be refreshing … rejuvenating our mundane existence. Those who tend to organize every aspect of their lives within a corral of management, also benefit from the gift of spontaneity. What a marvelous God who gives us both order and variety.

And, he allows surprises in our orchestrated spiritual experiences for our enrichment, enjoyment, and edification. Sending unexpected blessing around every turn.

Some Christians resist planning as if it were an affront to the Holy Spirit. Still, other Christians check their spiritual pulse by completing every item in the bulletin, like a holy to-do list.

While a lack of planning can create a chaotic life, over-programming can hinder God’s work in our hearts. Our souls need to be pliable in God’s hands, trusting the unexpected is as much a part of his plan for us as our calling.


Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare (Psalm 40:5).


About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.


  1. Linda, I’m a super-planner, and your words resonated with me this morning. It’s been a year of planning, preparing, planning again, and stepping back in awe as some of our plans fell into place and others didn’t unfold at all as we had hoped. I was particularly encouraged by your story of God keeping the door closed when you hoped to buy the trailer. Sometimes what feels very disappointing in the moment is just God protecting us from walking through the wrong door!

  2. I tend to be a planner as well, but I have learned to relax and enjoy my surroundings, taking time to ask God what HE wants me to do with my day. How refreshing!

  3. Thanks. Yep. I’m just the opposite and God has had to teach me to plan a little better. But either way, God steps in and orders His plan above our own. Glad my humble words could be of benefit.

  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you for sharing your story Linda. It’s amazing how God leads us, isn’t it? He always sees more than we can. Your post reminds me that I need to trust God, especially when I think I see it all (obviously, I can’t!)

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