Faith & Life: When Things Don’t Go as Planned


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When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Trust that God Still Has Things in Control

by Joanne Troppello


Today was a crazy day. I didn’t get a lot of writing done like I had planned. I had to go to the store twice today to return some clothing because I hadn’t gotten the right size. Due to my recent weight gain, I’ve been more particular about the way clothes fit. I had decided not to try the clothing on in the dressing room. That decision caused me to have to take the second trip back to the store.


In the meantime, my husband called me a few times during the day since he was assigned clients for the pest control company, he works for that were located in bad areas of a suburban town. He just wanted to keep me up to date, and vent about one house where the customer and several other people were doing drugs. He told me he just did the job, remained polite and focused, and got out as quickly as he could, while still doing a good job.


It’s tough these days to know how to handle certain situations because people can be very unpredictable. You never know how someone is going to react. This was especially true since he was in an environment where people were doing drugs.


In a way, I’m grateful that I had been so distracted with having to drive back to the store twice today – and wasn’t sitting calmly at home working – when he called. Otherwise, I would have been more worried and overanalyzing the entire situation, waiting until he called again.


After I got home the second time from the store and got settled in to work on some articles, he called again and said he was on his way home. I was happy to hear that. Most of the time, he is scheduled in more local areas near our home or in other areas that are not near the city.


“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

That is definitely a passage of scripture that is good for me to meditate on – after this crazy day. Maybe you’ve had a crazy day or need to rest in God’s presence. Trust that He is still in control even when things seem out of control. Rest in Him, knowing that He will guard your path and protect your loved ones. Keep praying and praising Him through it all.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.



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