Have you ever started out on an unfamiliar road, not knowing where it is going? Where you will end up and how you will find your back if you get lost. Well that is what this post is like. You can follow me if you want, but I don’t know where we’re going! All I know is at this moment I need to write, and you as my reader are walking beside me.
Really when you think about it, no one really knows where they are going. Oh they have a destination in mind but in a moment, at any given time life can change. It might be a phone call, an accident, any unforeseen event that can change everything.
If you live long enough, you will have many of those days. Those days where you want to say, but wait a minute, this can’t be happening, but it is! And you are required to react, in one way or another and all of sudden you have lost all direction.
What do we do, when life throws us curves, changes our plans and bluntly says, “NO” that is not what you are doing today? Do we fall apart and unravel in the mess of it all, or do we accept the redirect for what it is. A change in our plans and perhaps, an acceptance of the power of a greater force using our day differently than we had thought.
I have always been a fairly stable thinking person, conditioned to reliable behavior and set in my ways of thinking. How about you, does that describe you too? Well great, let’s travel this road together for a while.
Sometimes life is like a test of the emergency broadcast system, this is only a test (trail). How will we react? Well I have had those broadcasts hit my days in my life and I can tell you I did not always pass the test with flying colors. How about you?
Whether we want to admit it or not, we are vulnerable people. By nature, we try not to entertain that aspect of daily life, and we shouldn’t, that would be cause for worry and we might not want to get out of bed.
But as vulnerable people we ought to have learned from life experience, that things happen. And they usually happen, when we least expect them, or think we don’t need this in our life! What we think we need is not always what we truly need, at any given moment.
This is the thing, as we travel our road of life it is of paramount importance to realize one true fact. We are not in the driver’s seat! Regardless of who we are, that steering wheel will be taken out of our hands and when it happens, we are not the driver.
If you are walking with me today and in your 20’s, hallelujah, you will be ahead of the majority in your age group. If you are in your 30’s you are probably able to grasp this concept a little. If you are in your 40’s to 50’s you are starting to get it! You see, we will all get it to one degree or another, at some stage of life.
How we process and use the derailing experience makes all the difference. For me, I guess I’m a slow learner and I had to derail more than once to get it! But I got it now, and that is what is important!
Let me share as we walk together today a couple of my monumental, life changing derailment. I am sharing just a few, that I know to not have been necessarily attached to my own poor choices, but Divine Intervention in my life. Some of life derailment are truly consequences for poor choices.
- At 16 years old I was forced to have sex and became pregnant. At seventeen I was a parent. Abortion was not an option back then and thank God it wasn’t or I might not have my oldest Son! Major derailment!!
- Years later just when I had finally reach a financial point in life without constant struggle, all my years of work was lost to a flood. Major derailment!
- Regroup and finally found financial security in hard-earned savings of $ 40,000 and a thief came in and took it away in a moment. Major derailment!
- Fast forward, single mother in her 50’s. Beautiful home, furnishings and new car, I had finally regrouped again. February 9, 2009 I fell down a stairway and landed on my head, with my brain bleeding in 2 areas and I nearly died. Major derailment!!
I could not work for a very long time and I lost all my material possessions again!
Today 7 years later I am good. I am still alive and I live a purposed and promising life. I am contented and satisfied and at peace.
Now that I spilled my life over in a genuine fashion, I would like to know what in your life has derailed you.
What derailment have you experienced? How did you survive and learn from them?