Dealing With the Unexpected

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”- Proverbs 20:21 NIV.

You’ve probably heard of the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Even though a person has a plan to do something, there may be unanticipated circumstances that occur during the implementation of that plan. Even with the best planning, I’ve had a few unexpected situations to happen in my life. I expected to have an automatic job in my field (Social Services) after I graduated from college. I didn’t expect to struggle to find employment and end up working a minimum wage job. When I was in college, I expected to pass my internship for Social Work and to have my B.S.W. (Bachelor’s of Social Work). I didn’t expect to fail my internship, change my major again, and remain in college another semester.

So, how do you act when things do not go as planned? Do you give up and throw in the towel? Do you stop having faith and lose hope? Here are a few things that I’ve learned from unexpected situations: 1.) God is in control of the situation. His ways aren’t our ways (Isaiah 55:8 KJV); 2.) God will give you the strength to endure situations even when it feels like its unbearable (Isaiah 40:29 KJV); 3.) Unexpected situations can be resolved. There might be multiple solutions to solve the situation; and 4.) Stay focused (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).  Don’t allow the situation to consume you.  I’m not always the best at handling situations that don’t go the way I want them to; but I’m learning how to deal with them better each time they come my way.

Dear Daddy,

Give me the strength to deal with my unexpected situation.  I might not understand the reason why the situation is happening but I believe You can turn everything around for my good. I know that You are in control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to hang on when things happen unexpectedly. You can make it!  Remember that God is with you every step of the way!

**I dedicate this post to my roommate “AJ”. God will bring you through your tough situation.**

Have your plans ever been interrupted with unexpected issues? Please share how you dealt with the situation.


Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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