Daily Devotional February 8, 2021

Today the high is expected to be 66 degrees.  Saturday the low is predicted to be 16 degrees.  I am not cool with that. But now that I’ve had a chance to think about it, I don’t have a choice.  I will be very cool on Saturday.

The good news is that I know Saturday is coming.  I can prepare. 

I need to make sure all the exposed pipes are wrapped, all  water facets have covers,  and there is plenty of hay for the cows and the horses.

Because of the expertise of meteorologists, I know what’s coming.  I can be ready.   I wish all of life worked that way.

Today starts a new work week.  Some of the things I encounter will be routine and expected.  But inevitably, something unforeseen will happen.   A death, car wreck, COVID-19 diagnosis, drop in the stock market, sick horse, dead battery in a tractor, tree falling on a fence, or a flat tire are just a few of the many unexpected surprises that may happen.  That’s because life is unpredictable.

So how do followers of Jesus Christ navigate the craziness of an unpredictable existence? 

What keeps us grounded and on track in an ever-changing world is keeping the main thing, the main thing.

Today, when the unexpected happens, remember that God is still on his throne and Jesus Christ has ensured you will go home.  There is nothing that can ever pull you out of God’s loving embrace.  You are safe.

This is the promise of God from the book of Isaiah

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
  when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”  (Isaiah 43:1b-3)

God doesn’t promise life will always be routine and predictable.  God promises to walk with us through an unpredictable life.  All God asks is that we trust.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I don’t know what today will bring but I know you will walk with me.  That’s all I need to know.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Hold God’s hand and walk through life secure that, even though the unexpected happens, God will see you through it.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins