When conversations start with, “I need to talk you about something”, uggh!
I heard the words and it felt like I fell flat on my face!
Processing words that hurt can be hard especially when they come out of nowhere and are completely unexpected. With all the planning and prepping we do these days it’s still impossible to be prepared for the tough stuff. The stuff that pulls the rug from under you feet and makes you feel like you’ve landed flat on your face. Or is it impossible?
Wait. Keep reading. I’m not going to just toss out the beautiful verse, “I can do all things through Christ”.
I think it is possible to be prepared for the tough stuff, even the sucker punches that start with statements like, “we need to talk”.
Preparing for the unknown starts with building a foundation on The Known.
It starts with knowing the One who sees all, trusting the One who never changes, and believing that the One who sees and never changes never moves when the rug is snatched from under us.
Most everyday I read the word of God and share the word of God. It’s not just a practice or a ministry, it’s my nourishment, it’s my lifeline, it’s my preparation for what comes with each day, be it joy or pain. The last few months have come with so many ups and downs and that conversation I mentioned just seemed to be the prompt that knocked me over. But God.
God walked with me in the heat of the sun, through the tears He held my hand and reminded where I could plant my feet.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
My foundation was firm. He never moves.
Even when the rain comes fiercely.
Even when the streams rise over our heads.
And even when the wind blows and beats against us.
We can stand tall on the firm foundation that never moves.
Can we plan and prepare for the tough stuff? Yes. Yes, we can.
Praying for you, walking with you, Jodie