The Ironclad Rule: “Things Don’t Always Go Smoothly.”

As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the stormsubsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Luke 8:23-25

Things amazingly never go as we plan.

We hope, plan, strategize, and organize but, no matter, things always go a different way. Why should we think any differently than these intrepid and adventurous disciples who had grasped onto Jesus’ sleeves looking for a better life. If you forgot, they argued among themselves about status and position as Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem for the last time.

Many times we see these difficulties as God’s condemnation about the plans we have made instead of looking at the picture as he sees it. The back of a very expensive Persian rug looks very different than the front. Often times we are looking at the back of the rug instead of seeing these events as God does — opportunities for growth. Scripture tells us man does purpose in his heart but it is God who directs the travel.

Thirty-six years ago this month I left Virginia Beach to go to Rhode Island at nationally recognized hotel and culinary college. My plan was to eventually earn the certification as a Certified Hotel Executive and travel the world managing hotels and resorts. Little did I know within seven years I would be entering seminary and leaving my plans behind. The journey has not been smooth but a series of ups and downs, and twists and turns.

Eventually, the disciples found their true place and would lead the real Jesus explosion throughout the known world. Likewise, I have found myself looking back these years and know I am where God wants me.