Devotional February 28, 2017

Leviticus 26 | Leviticus 27 | John 2

Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing well and having a great start to their week. Everything has been good on my end. Jennifer and I had a bit of a rough night with Saige. We couldn’t figure out why she was so fussy, but we tried a few things and she ended up falling asleep. During her time of fuss, I took her with me to pray and walked around the living just praying. She stared at me that whole time with a look of confusion. It was so cute!

Since having Saige it has sparked a level fatherhood for me that I haven’t seen. It is hard to explain, but my patience has grown, my love has deepened, my excitement has resurged and that is not just towards Saige, it is towards Micah and Aria as well. Could it be that I began fatherhood from 0-100 mph from one day to the next? Could it be that I had to double my efforts in everything when Micah and Aria arrived to my life? Maybe. One thing is for sure is that Jennifer and I have been through some crazy things these last 3 ½ years, but it has made us the parents that we are today and we would not trade that for anything. We are better prepared today to lead Saige because of what we endured the last 3 ½ years.

The unexpected is never unexpected in God’s eyes. He creates the unexpected moments, so that it can create something new within us – so that it can let us know that we are capable of much more than what we think. I
— JS

As I say that, I think about life and how it hits us with the unexpected from time to time, but the unexpected is never unexpected in God’s eyes. He creates the unexpected moments, so that it can create something new within us – so that it can let us know that we are capable of much more than what we think. I am not saying that we hold no responsibility for our actions, but what I am saying is that God is not caught off guard. God abides in the planned and unplanned. God abides in our straight path and in our dead ends. God abides in our up and downs. God abides in our right decisions and in our bad ones. I think you get what I am saying.

Our unexpected creates something new within us that we never knew we could possess and sometimes it takes us going from 0-100mph or from one decision to the next to understand this. Did I ever think I would be a father of twins? No. Did I ever think I would be a father of three children? No. Given my choice I would most likely have stopped at two, but God’s ways are not my ways and I am ok with that.

Who I am today and who you are today was created through some planned moments, but mostly through some unplanned moments. You can prepare and work towards your master’s degree and achieve it, but you don’t plan for when you will meet your spouse. You plan for kids, but you don’t plan for multiples or even a child with an illness. You plan your day to day, but you don’t plan an accident. There are certain things that we just don’t plan for because we don’t want to, but once again those unplanned and unexpected moments can become life changing.

I don’t want you to leave to work today thinking you are going to get in an accident or think that you upcoming baby is going to have an illness -  that is not my objective with today’s writing. My objective and purpose for today is for each one of us to look back in our lives and identify those unplanned and unexpected moments in our lives and how they have change us. Some may be positive and some may be negative, but they are all seen in the eyes of God and because of that you can rest assure that he is creating something great within all of it. Romans 8:28 says it best “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”


Application: Take some today and reflect into your life.

What unexpected or unplanned moment changed your life? Did it change it positively or negatively? Has it made you better?

Find time today to fully surrender all the good and all the bad to God. Let him reveal to you His full purpose behind it all.