The unpredictability of God

This past Tuesday I was cleaning the deck with a pressure washer. I got a text that Samaritan’s Purse had opened a disaster response location in Marshall County WV.  Diane came out to ask me if I got the text.  I said yes. When I finished the deck I walked in the house and Diane had this look.  I asked her what she was thinking and she said something like, “Nothing.  Nothing.  I’m not thinking anything.”  I knew she was wondering what God was going to do in our lives concerning Moundsville (Marshall County).

We need to work one more disaster response to qualify as part of SP’s site leadership team.  I emailed Jason from SP to ask him if we could do another flood response as our one more disaster response.  Within 5 minutes I got a call from Jason.  He asked when we were thinking of going to Moundsville.  I told him I was not sure.  He said they had hired a cook to feed the teams in Moundsville, but they had “cook training” in Boone next week and Moundsville needed someone to fill in for the week.  He knows we served for 5 days as cooks in Charleston, WV last summer, in addition to the 12 days we went out and cleaned out flooded houses.  I have a wedding to do next Saturday and have rehearsal on Friday evening, but I told him we could feed the volunteers from breakfast Monday to breakfast Friday.  And that’s how we ended up working with SP in Moundsville next week.  I will be taking a few vacation days to work with SP next week.

I hope this does not sound blasphemous, but sometimes God is as predictable as a two year old.  You never know what He is going to do.  You never know what He is up to.  The difference between them is that God has a purpose and a plan.  But He sure is unpredictable.  John Piper said, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life and you are only aware of three of them.”

If you do not find following Jesus to be unpredictable, you might need to follow a little closer.

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