When Your Future Gets Cancelled

When Your Future Gets Cancelled

I’m flying to Chicago this morning to be on the Chris Fabry Live! radio program. Last night at 10:00pm I got a notification that my flight home has already been cancelled due to weather. I was supposed to be back tonight, but now I have no clue what is ahead for my returning home. I may be stuck in Chicago for longer than I intended. I might get rerouted to a place I didn’t plan to go. But I have confidence I’ll get home eventually.

I started thinking about my dear friend Michael. His wife died last week at age thirty-four. Michael is now alone raising seven young children. Any future he had with his amazing wife Charlsie is now effectively cancelled. Last night while I was reading my message about my cancelled flight he posted something on Facebook about his daughter coming into his room crying that she can’t stop thinking about her mommy. Ugh.

My little flight problem is silly compared to what Michael is facing.

I laid in bed for a long time thinking about it all last night. They say that if you want to make God laugh tell him your plans. Hard as you try you simply cannot plan your life. You have no idea what’s ahead. Storms are going to blow through that you never imagined. They’ll cancel your best-laid plans. They’ll come at the worst time.  Life happens. You have no control. If you think you do you are simply lying to yourself.

As much as you might want to curl up into a fetal position and just cry it’s simply not an option (at least not for long). You have to move forward into the unknown, braced for whatever may happen next. Cancellations. Delays. Diversions. But I’m confident of two things.

  1. God will not forget us in the storm. I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… (Is. 49:15-16)
  2. God turns all things for his glory. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

So I press boldly into the future knowing that God controls the storms. He commands my destiny. No matter what happens I will eventually make it home. Real home.

Don’t be afraid. Be bold. Walk into the unknown with confidence. God is working all things for his glory.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23