Unexpected Change

This morning I woke up thinking about how we often get frustrated when things do not happen the way we had planned.  Many years ago I was in Army basic training at Fort Jackson. Our “class” (battalion) consisted of five groups (companies). Four of the five groups were ready to graduate on time, but one of the groups (Charlie company) was behind and had to catch up. The rest of us did nothing for a week as we waited.

This delay caused me to miss my other class (advanced individual training) at Fort Sam Houston, so I had to wait for nearly a month for the next class to form. I was upset and annoyed by this but there was nothing I could do to get into the class I missed.  The three of us from basic training that arrived early were given the job of checking in new people and assigning them to rooms. There were three shifts. I chose the “midnight shift” because I didn’t have to wear a uniform and I could sleep on the couch in the office.  

One night I decided to go to work early because I had nothing else to do. About 20 minutes later, this guy walks in. He complained about how one of his buttons had fallen off and he seemed tired and a little grouchy.  He was the cutest guy I had ever seen and his eyes were a beautiful shade of olive green. 

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Long story short, that guy became my husband. I would never have met him if I was not delayed and my plans were changed unexpectedly.  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we expect and we feel angry or disappointed at the time, but if we believe that God is in control of everything then He is allowing these changes to take place for a reason. I am just reminding you to wait and see why it changed—you might be very pleased that it did.  

Copyright © 2018 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Take Nothing for Granted

I remember one of the vivid dreams I had several years ago. The world was in a panic because scientists had said that the sun would stop existing.

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In the dream I looked up and saw the sun slowly crack into two parts. The light of the sun dimmed and then was gone.

I remember thinking, “What will happen now?” Without the sun, all life would end—we would die from extreme cold and no plants would grow. As people were horrified by what they saw and screaming in the streets, suddenly there was a new and brighter sun that appeared. In my dream I thought, “God took care of us… He wants us to live.”

I don’t know what the dream meant or why I dreamt it, but I woke up realizing that I really did believe in God, and deep down inside I knew that no matter what happens, God is still there.

I think we tend to take things for granted. We think our loved ones will always be around, that we’ll always be around, or that everything we see around us will always remain the same.

I don’t know what kind of situation you are waking up to today, but remember these five things:

1. There will be “good” days and there will be “bad” days—“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).

2. God is still in control—“…doesn’t the Lord see all these things? Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission?” (Lamentations 3:36-37).

3. Make the most of “today”— “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days… And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:16, 20).

4. Look for the “positive things” in your life—“Always be joyful…  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18).

5. Keep trusting God, no matter what—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Proverbs, 3:5; Isaiah 43:2-3).

Live life to its fullest, and keep loving God!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti