I recently had the pleasure of listening to the founder of Continue the Story share how the non-profit came to be. In short, Mic Mohler describes a great life. He was gaining momentum in his career and personal life when all of the sudden it all came to a screeching halt. Then the unexpected ensued. He was fired from his job, handcuffed and put in jail all in the same day! The sum of a couple of poor choices. I personally can only imagine the rush of emotions in a situation like that. Feeling like you are at the nucleus of a self destructing life. Painful tears dripping profusely from a remorseful face. When silence began to set in, a microcosm of hope and purpose pierced through the darkness. God could use even this, for His glory.
Anticipate the Unexpected
Anticipation can sometimes become counterproductive and create a barrier between us and God. One of the definitions in Webster’s dictionary describes anticipation as a visualization of a future event or state. When we carefully craft our rescue plans and even visualize them, we find ourselves frustrated and empty when things don’t work out as we had expected. The problems only compound when we place all our eggs in the basket of expectation. We take our spiritual binoculars out and only look for God in the expected. We fail to openly seek him in the unexpected. To do so, requires faith.
“The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing —what counted with God? – James 2:25 MSG
Will You Receive Help From Anyone
Rehab the harlot helped the spies that Joshua sent escape destruction. Talk about unexpected! Mic Mohler’s personal experiences led to the unexpected. The formation of a non-profit called Continue the Story, read more about it here. How about you? Are you only looking for God in the expected? When was the last time you intentionally looked for God in the unexpected? Hebrews 11 is full of triumphs of various saints with unconventional methods. It was all ignited by a flame of faith.
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” – Hebrews 11:1–2 MSG
The next time you pray, be alert and look for God’s answer in the unexpected.