Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

Clare is a rising senior at Davidson College and the GSPC summer intern for 2020

“You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.”
Psalm 119:68

This past week, as I awaited the results of my COVID-19 test within the confines of my bedroom, I learned a bit about expectations. My plans for the week were shattered, and all of a sudden, I found myself alone with my computer, my mind, and a of couple books to keep me company. And even though my test came back negative, I spent three full days feeling anxious, frustrated and disappointed with my circumstances.

But do you know what’s interesting? God actually calls us to delight in the mystery of unexpected plans. Sarah, wife of Abraham, was barren until she was 90 years old. At her age, she didn’t expect to have a child, yet God fulfilled His promise to bring her a son. Mary didn’t expect to see her brother Lazarus again, yet Jesus raised him from the dead after four days in the tomb. The Bible contains numerous instances of unexpected plans that ultimately brought joy and comfort to those that least expected it. Why should we expect anything less in the current day and age?

We’ve all heard the common saying, “Expect the unexpected,” but truth be told, we don’t listen. We find comfort in knowing, and end up panicked and restless when the unknown takes its course. Ultimately, our need for control is, in itself, uncontrollable. And yet, God calls us to surrender control, placing our lives, and everything that happens to us, fully in His hands.

Unlike us, our Lord cannot be thrown off guard. He is the Maker and Creator of all things good, and that is something we are absolutely right to expect. Psalm 119:68 says, “You are good, and what you do is good.” In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I believe God’s plan is perfect and I believe He works all things for good.

As Christians, we should expect God to do the unexpected. We should expect Him to turn chaos into order, to turn sorrow into joy, and to heal what has been broken. Even when His purpose seems cloudy and His plans appear, well, unplanned, we can still expect him to work miracles in and through our lives.

Will you join me today in opening your heart to the unexpected plans God has for you?
How will you continue giving God the glory, even in the unexpected?

Godly Rest


  1. Jean Reburn

    Glad to hear you are fine! Its a new normal and something we need to get used to. I enjoy your writing and message. I love the part “expect God to do the unexpected”. Thank you Clare.

    • Susan Slade

      Clare, I’m enjoying getting to know you through your messages. And the messages are always just what I need to hear. Thank you for putting these online. And I’m also glad you’re negative. Continue to stay safe! Looking forward to meeting you in person soon.

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