“Luck, chance, or happenstance. . . . as a believer in God, none of these words should even be in your vocabulary. . . . Providence is the hand of God moving in the glove of history.”- Dr. Tony Evans
In Chapter 8 (“The Plan of Detours”) of Detours, Dr. Tony Evans examines another hint that you may be nearing the end of a God-ordained detour.
3. When God surprises you. Perhaps, Dr. Evans notes, you’re at a point in your adversity where you feel forgotten, overlooked, or even skipped by God. In addition, you pray, wait, and hope for His intervention- to no avail.
The good news? After God’s prepared and developed you- maybe even broken you- He’s ready to surprise you! However, don’t call that luck, chance, or happenstance. God’s surprise = providence.
Furthermore, as God brings you out of your detour to your destiny, He transforms your soul and everything about you. And the key word for how God works?- suddenly. Dr. Evans explains:
“Suddenly is when God surprises you — when He comes out of nowhere — when you couldn’t have planned it or created it yourself. Suddenly. You think your are stuck somewhere, but then suddenly God shows you you’ve already arrived.”
As a result, Dr. Evans advises, never get hung up on how things appear. Whether your current reality is good or bad, that reality isn’t always what you see. Like Joseph, on your detour you need to learn to view life through a long-term lens.
Therefore, we need to stop following human ways and methods. They contradict the ways of God. God provides the perfect timing for your divine hookup, most likely sudden.
In conclusion, God takes a long time with you on your detour in order to take you deeper on the inside first. Thus, He wants to sustain the destiny in store for you. Dr. Evans explains:
“You can’t place a divine destiny on a shallow soul. The higher your mountains, the deeper your valleys will seem. And difficult roads often lead to the most magnificent destinations.”
Today’s question: Have you ever viewed your life events as luck, chance, or happenstance? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the latest Short Meditation- “Lost in a sea of faces?”