Scrolling through old family pictures reminded me of that Christmas we learned that Number Six was on the way. Hubby and I were wide eyed. We asked ourselves, “How did this happen?” All we could do was shake our heads. In fact, now that I think about it, we’d shaken our heads in wonder and disbelief with Numbers 4 and 5 as well (we take full responsibility for TD).

Admittedly, most of our “wonder” was fear in disguise. We balked at our family’s response to our happy news, calculated the age we’d be once all our peeps graduated, imagined how my body would look and feel when all was said and done, wondered what kind of car would hold us all (because it wasn’t the one parked in the driveway). Once we took a deep breath and hitched up our big boy and big girl pants, we remembered, “Oh, yeah, that’s right! Our father is the King. He’s got this.” Since then, we’ve sat back and enjoyed the ride—that bumpy, twisty-turny, forty-foot-drop-filled, uphill chugging, rollercoaster-simulating, tearful, and thrilling ride of our lifetime.

I wouldn’t change a thing—well, nothing major, but I’m only human.

And do you know what blows my mind? No, it’s not the cost of paying for seven college educations or the length of seven Christmas lists. It’s that if I’d had my way, I wouldn’t have chosen any of this. My choice was settling down with the three children I’d agreed on and watching them skip off to a yellow school bus while I edited my way through a satisfactory life.

Yet God.

His way has been beyond my capabilities, strength, patience, finances, imagination, hopes, dreams, plans, pain tolerance, gas tank, bedroom count, distance from home, desires, schedule, fear of rejection, conspiracy-believing…just beyond me. Period. But it hasn’t been more than He can handle. And I think that’s the idea, even if it’s a scary one at times. (Remember, I’m only human.)

Believers shouldn’t settle for a satisfactory life, not when our life in Him is so abundant. I know my cup certainly overflows.

Are you facing something unplanned and unexpected? Remember that God’s got it. He is never surprised, and great is His faithfulness!

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:27, 28)

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