Daily Devotional December 29, 2020

Christmas morning was absolutely beautiful.  It was the calm, peaceful experience that I hoped for after the joyous chaos of Christmas Eve.

As I sat by the kitchen window, drinking a hot cup of coffee, and looking out over the pasture, the phone rang.  It was Pastor Kit calling to wish us a Merry Christmas.  Instead, he told me he had just received the results from his rapid test and was positive for COVID-19.  This meant a change.

When I explained to Shannon, the entire church staff would have to quarantine and be tested, I saw unmitigated joy wash across her face as she realized we would be together twenty-four hours a day for ten days.  She was SO HAPPY!

That’s how life works.  One moment you think you have a handle on what’s happening, then something completely unexpected happens and you realize you are locked in a house with your husband for a very long time.  Life is full of surprises.

In the army, I was taught the battlefield is a fluid environment.  So is life.  You never know what’s going to happen from moment to moment.  So, always be ready to adjust and move on.

The good news is that God does know what is about to happen because, while God is with us at this very moment, God is also in the future waiting for us.  God’s got it under control.  All God asks is that we trust.

For those who belong to God, there is nothing to fear.  This is what David meant by saying,  “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.(Psalm 112:7)

Today, don’t be surprised if the unexpected happens.  Just roll with it, be faithful to the One who matters most, and know that no matter what happens, God will continually be by your side.  This means you can face whatever life throws at you.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, my life is too complicated and unpredictable for me to manage.  Today, I am giving complete control to you.  Guide my mind, steps, and words.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Life happens.  Roll with it.

This week, the church office is closed and the staff is being tested for COVID-19. 

Now the good news.  Pastor Kit and his family’s symptoms are very mild.  Praise God.

Also, in a moment of weakness, I almost tried to convince Shannon that it would be okay if we had Christmas with our family.  Luckily, God saved me from myself.  We didn’t see them.  We didn’t expose them.  God is good. 

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins