I had a book as a little girl named, “Fortunately.” (written by Remy Charlip). The book details the story of a kid who was invited to a party and his trials of getting there. Here’s what the first few lines say….
Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party.
Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane.
Unfortunately, the motor exploded.
Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane.
Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute
Well, let me tell you….as a kid, that was exciting stuff! I couldn’t wait to read the next fortunately, unfortunately! You never knew what crazy thing was going to happen or what creative way that kid was going to get out of the mess. It truly was one of my favorite books.
As an adult, living this thing called life, me and Jesus and the sweet husband and the kids, the best friend and not-so-best friend, the really good friends, the casual friends, the family members and all the other cast characters, I’ve discovered that life is much like that book. This year has borne it out well. We’ve had a lot of unfortunately’s hit us. Job loss. Unemployment benefits loss. Friend loss. Car loss…twice. It seems as if around every corner, there’s been another thing ready to smack us right between the eyes. As the year has gone on, it’s been more like there’s been another thing to kick us while we’re down. Unfortunately.
But….fortunately….God. Yep, that’s all you need to know. God. Yes, He has met each and every unfortunately with something different. He has allowed the superfluous to be stripped away and we are left with naked hearts seeing what truly matters. Him. He matters. The rest is a bonus. And if it’s not a bonus in your life, it may not belong there. Study it carefully, prayerfully.
Because I believe it helps to see exactly how God has worked in a person’s life, I will give you a few of my unfortunately, fortunately details. You won’t get them all because my life isn’t my own. Sometimes to be transparent is to out others and some aren’t ready for that. But, here’s a short list of the Pack version of that book…
Unfortunately, Keith got laid off. Fortunately, he got severance. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a job when it ran out. Fortunately, he got unemployment. Unfortunately, I had to have surgery. Fortunately, they offered a free tummy tuck along with it. Unfortunately, the insurance company refused to pay for it. Fortunately, while I was on leave, I was offered a new job that I couldn’t have taken if I had gotten the tummy tuck. Unfortunately, Keith’s unemployment ran out. Fortunately, he got a job at Harris Teeter. Unfortunately, it was only part-time. Fortunately, he was well liked and got a full-time job at another store. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quick enough to pay all our bills and our van was repossessed. Fortunately, God has planted amazing, generous people in our lives who are helping us by giving us cars and money for cars. Unfortunately, I must have surgery again. Fortunately, I will get paid while I am out because the Lord blessed me with that job earlier this year.
This list goes on. But, the point is made, I think. Life has been hard this year. Really hard. Really, really hard. (okay… you get my point.). But, fortunately, God is good. Really good. Really, really, really good! And He has been with us every step of the way. It hasn’t been fun, but I’ve learned things about Him that I thought I already knew. He has shown Himself mighty in all new ways in my life. And I am grateful, thankful to be His.
So. Have you had a bunch of unfortunate stuff this year? If so, I hope you’ve learned what I have….that God is the fortunately in every situation. If you haven’t learned that, let me know….I’d like to introduce you to my Amazing God!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!