Trusting God With the Unexpected

We recently invested in storm doors for our home. But it was a bit of an ordeal. We ordered them from one of the big chain home improvement stores, and we also paid to have them installed. We were given a date of when the doors should arrive at the store. And we were told we would be contacted by someone to set up a time for the install.

The day arrived when the doors should have been in the store, but we never heard anything. My husband went down to the store and talked to them; however, they couldn’t find our order in their system. I went down later that same day, with proof of payment in hand. I talked to the same guy who placed our order several weeks prior. (We will call him Alex.) Alex did some digging and was able to locate our purchase. However, he explained that it didn’t seem to be in the computer the way it should have been. I was in there for a good length of time, but we thought everything was straightened out. Alex even believed that the doors were on the premises. But he said they could still be in a truck, waiting to be unloaded.

I was contacted several days later by an independent contractor to set up the install. (We will call him Jed.) We agreed upon the day. All seemed to be well. When the day arrived, Jed called me back and asked me if I had the doors at my house. I didn’t because Jed was supposed to pick them up and bring them to the house on the day of the install. However, Jed was at the store and apparently the doors were no where to be found. He got some employees to help him. They searched all over and couldn’t find them.

Again my husband went down there and spoke to someone. They weren’t sure what happened. But at this point we had some options. We could either place a new order for the same doors. Or they had very similar doors in stock that we could purchase instead. We opted for the doors that were in stock, and we even got a little money back because they were cheaper than the original doors we ordered.

However, we still didn’t get the doors that day. When the doors seemed to be lost, Jed had moved on to a different project that day. Several days later I heard from him, and we scheduled a new install date.

Finally that day arrived and Jed did the install of the two doors. The storm doors were just what we needed. There was one more hiccup, though. I got a call approximately a week later from the store saying that my doors had arrived. I quickly realized the lady on the phone must have meant the original doors. So I explained to her what happened and let her know we already had doors installed. She thanked me and we ended the call. I guess they either put those doors out for sale or sent them back. I thought it was humorous that the saga continued. But that is not the point of my story.

Let’s back up a few weeks. When I was in the store over a month ago talking to Alex about the mixed up order, he kept apologizing. He sincerely felt bad about the whole debacle, even though it wasn’t his fault. He was the same guy who took our order, but he was a seasoned employee. So I believe there must have been some sort of glitch.

When he apologized again, I said, “It’s not the end of the world.”

His reply to me was, “I’m glad it’s not to you. But to a lot of other people, it would be.”

I knew Alex was right. For some people, an inconvenience like this could seem like a catastrophe.

My husband and I have been through a lot of stress recently. So this additional item on our list could have easily caused us some angst as well. When problems pile up, it can be difficult to take one more thing.

And I don’t know about you, but for me personally, it is usually the unexpected bumps in my day that cause me grief. Seemingly small things that disrupt my plans. But I am learning (sometimes more slowly than I should!) to hand those inconveniences over to the Lord.

While this story is a minor example, we all have had bigger issues that blindsided us. Our initial reaction might be to panic or to get angry. When we are taken by surprise, especially if we are already stressed, we feel vulnerable and shocked.

However, one important thing to remember is that whatever comes our way is not a surprise to God. He knew it was coming. And He already knows the outcome. He often allows obstacles in our lives for a purpose. We won’t always know the reasons why different things happen. But we know the One who is in control. And He can see us through whatever we are facing.

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 NLT

This takes trust. Trusting God can be difficult for different reasons. Sometimes we are used to being in control and handling everything ourselves. Or it could be that the obstacle in front of us is so big that we just can’t fathom how God will work it out. The good news is that we don’t have to worry about that part. When we put it in God’s hands, He will work it out.

Keep in mind this doesn’t necessarily mean we do nothing. There might be action on our part. But if we lean on the Shepherd, He will show us what path to take

Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.

Dr. Charles Stanley

If you are facing something unexpected, God can help you through it. He is always there. And the best part is that He actually wants to help you with whatever obstacle you might be up against. What a loving Heavenly Father we have!

Dear God, thank You for walking beside us, in front of us, and behind us. No matter what unexpected circumstances come our way, it is comforting to know that You are there. Help us to remember to lean on our Shepherd, who will guide us and show us the way to go. We are so thankful for You, Lord! And we love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Rainbow by God! 😁 Picture by me. May 13, 2023.

© 2018-2023 Bridget A. Thomas

15 Comments on “Trusting God With the Unexpected

  1. Bridget, small things that do not go according to plan can so easily trip us up. I have found that when I spend time with God, those unexpected moments do not throw me off so easily. It is almost like a litmus test and reminder that I have not been spending enough time with God. I am sure that man will remember this positive experience he had with you.
    Have a blessed weekend 💙💐

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    • Yes! I absolutely agree! I have found that I am also better in this area, when I’ve had time with God daily and consistently. More of Him is always a good thing. Thank you, Manu! I hope you have a blessed weekend too! 🤍

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  2. The unexpected sure comes up often in life. Beautiful photo. Did you take it in your yard? Love Daddy. {}

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    • Well hello there! 😁 What a nice surprise to have a comment from you. You’re right, the unexpected does come up often. Yes the picture was in our new yard, facing I-75. Love you lots! Love Bridget {} ♥️🤗


  3. Hi Bridget. It’s so wonderful how inspite of the inconvenience with the door situation, you and your husband handled everything so gracefully. Service workers sometimes see a hard way to go from rude customers so I appreciate the example you set. It’s a reminder to remember God is in control and He will work out what is best. Recently, I went to the DMV to try and get my mom’s car retitled but when I went, I went understanding that I may not get that done that day, since DMV is infamous for always needing something you don’t have lol. And sure enough, things didn’t work out that day. But I was thankful God allowed me to go in with the right mindset so I wouldn’t be all stressed out when I left with no title. I was at least able to get the information I needed to do what I need to do. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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    • I understand! You are right. The DMV is infamous for that. I’m so glad you prepared yourself ahead of time. I have found that is half the battle sometimes. When we go in expecting the best, we feel defeated when things don’t work out. So I’m glad you knew that this might be the case and therefore were able to keep the right attitude. Thank you for sharing that story, Dawn. It helps when we share our stories with one another, as we learn and gain encouragement. 💜

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  4. I’m picturing Alex sharing with others at the store about the understanding couple whose storm-door order got all messed up. Then he probably did the same when he got home. I have a feeling the ripple effect of your kindness impacted a number of people! Well done, Bridget!

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    • You make an interesting point, Nancy! I hadn’t thought about that. We may never know how far our kindness can reach. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  5. Thank you for sharing, Bridget! Love that example of self-control. I know the type of people Alex is nervous about, they’re all over and it’s sad. And sometimes it’s me included! Makes me realize how important the fruits of the spirit are and that we should be living in the light of His goodness…others should be able to notice those fruits within us!!

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    • You make a good point. I probably have been that customer at times too. But I love what you said about the fruit of the spirit. So very true. Having read your comment, it makes me want to do a better job of focusing on / praying for the fruit of the spirit. Thank you, my friend. You have given me more to ponder 🙏🤍🙌

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