Sometimes when you step out in faith, surrender and hope – you won’t always get the result you expected. That happy ending might not be there yet, and in fact, a big curve ball might be ahead instead.
What do you do when everything you expected God to do turns out to be wrong? When an entirely different (and unwanted) path is before you?
Those prayers that you sent up, when they brought back peace, was it all in your mind? When you felt God put it on your heart that things would get better – was that you making it all up?
Oh girl. Will you take a big, deep breathe with me?
Here is what I know for sure.
The truth is, sometimes we are wrong. Sometimes we hear God wrong. And many times things go wrong, and it’s not at all what we wanted or expected.
And that is OK.
It really is ok.
Those things you were wrong about? That was just the beginning of this beautiful path you are on. That curve ball is headed at you so that you can learn to stretch and bend and avoid the hit.
There is so much grace. Grace for being wrong, grace for having the expectations of our own plan instead of His, and grace for stumbling around and — yes — even grace for losing hope. And those prayers ALWAYS are heard.
God wants to pick us back up, gently dust us off, and set us off onto the next path (that might hold another curve ball for us, still).
It’s that growing and stretching (and oh, it’s so uncomfortable) that strengthens the soul muscle more and more. Makes us so much more like Him.
So today as I see that curve ball coming at me, I’m remembering these words on grace and stretching. It’s the beginning, not the end.
***By Arianne, To Think Is To Create
Arianne is a freelance writer/blogger, editor of SimpleDesign.net and mom of three boys and a baby girl. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, sifting through the Legos and trains and fluffy cloth diapers hoping...