By: Lisa Elliott
The year my son battled leukemia, I received a card that said, “Life has a way of making quick turns…without using its turn signal.”
Years before, I planned to get my Early Childhood Education degree, but my registration fee got in a day late and I was removed from the enrollment list. I was devastated and had to rethink what God had planned for me. The Lord opened up the opportunity to attend a Bible college where I met the love of my life, David. He had also been on another path when the Lord stepped in and changed his course. I was his “Big Sister” during his orientation week! We had no idea how the Lord was reorienting both of our lives toward full-time pastoral ministry.
The Lord continually reminds me that it’s important how we approach those times in our lives when circumstances catch us off guard. How do you respond when your job is relocated or terminated, an illness or tragedy strikes, or a relationship is lost? Disruptions create anxiety, doubts, and fears, making you wonder if you’re on the right track at all. But they can also be God’s way of re-directing the course of your life—all for your good!
Perspective is everything. We can look at the quick turns of life as annoying interruptions or we can see them as Divine Disruptions. When we can see them as a blessing rather than a curse it changes everything.
When Divine Disruptions hit, remember...
Your plan “B” was always God’s plan “A.” His redirection, according to His good and perfect will, is always for your benefit.
TAKE YOUR TIME. Disruptions give us cause to pause, recalibrate, and rethink before we commit to something on a rebound. Remember, it’s always easier to get into something than out of it.
RELAX AND RELEASE. Trust that the Lord is in control.
DO SOMETHING. Make a phone call. Prepare a meal. You don’t have to conquer everything in a day, but do something that’s conquerable.
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO GRIEVE. It takes time to recover from significant disruptions in our lives. Be good to yourself. Go for a walk. Take a nap. Soak in a bubble bath. Whatever will bring healing to your body, mind, and soul.
BREATHE! In. Out. (Repeat)
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (Prov. 16:9).
Lisa Elliott is a Just Between Us contributing author, a ministry wife and popular inspirational speaker. She is a graduate of Ontario Bible College. Additionally, she and her husband, David, have served together in ministry for over 25 years. They live in Ottawa, Ontario, and have four children (one now in heaven). You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.