When things go wrong am I willing to let God lead?

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{A Guest Devotional by Lesley Sebek Miller}
The Lord turned my darkness into light
You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV)

One time in college I planned a huge concert for the student body. 

My co-leader and I worked with a major record label to bring Christian recording artists Bebo Norman and Jeremy Camp to campus. At the time Norman was a highly sought after Christian performer, and Camp was somewhat new to the music scene.

While both singers ended up being nothing but gracious, preparing for the concert was a nightmare. 

I had no idea how to coordinate stage setup and lighting, plus the men’s basketball team needed the concert space for their playoffs’ practice and wanted us to find another location. 

At times I was ready to cancel the entire gig.  

I remember breathing a huge sigh of relief when Norman finally took the stage and began his set. 

But, just minutes later, we lost all power to the building.  

Hundreds of people in the audience were sitting in the dark! 

Despite all of our planning, nothing could have prepared us for a powerful windstorm that cut electricity lines. 

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things in life don’t go according to plan. Even good, worthy and admirable things. (Tweet this)

In fact, often what happens is so far from our plans that we start asking God questions like:

Are you testing me?
Is this just a big joke to you?
Do you even care about me right now? 
Did you not see how hard I tried, God? 
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!?

Everyone has moments when our plans shatter—from little things like concert plans going awry, to big things like losing a job or falling ill. 

If you’re walking through a season of life that isn’t going as you planned, I want to assure you God is ready to lead. 

God’s not gleefully testing you. He’s not happy to see you squirm and suffer. He’s ready and willing to show you the way. 

2 Samuel 22:29 reads, “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” 

The Lord turned my darkness into light
Do you believe that God’s lamp is bright enough to lead you through hard times? (Tweet this)

As I stood paralyzed in the dark on concert night, mere seconds passed before several flashlights turned on. 

People in the audience held the flashlights towards the singers, who finished their set acoustically together. 

It was intimate and beautiful—like nothing I could have planned but better than anyone ever expected. 

Later, attendees would call it one of the better concerts they’d attended. 

We didn't need the big lights and loud speakers. We only needed two flashlights and willing hearts. 

Is your heart willing to be lead by God? Are you willing to trust the lone flashlight over the big stage lights? It might be more beautiful than you ever imagined.

{About the author of this devotional}  
Lesley Sebek Miller is a writer, wife and mom living in Sacramento, California, United States. She’s blogs at barefooton45th.com  and is currently working on her first book. You can also connect with her on facebook and twitter.

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