Things don’t always go as planned. You will be late. You will be early. You will be delayed. You will change your mind. You make plans and then something else happens.
A few years ago my husband and I sold our home after a relatively short time on the market. The offer was good, so we were happy. We had every box taped, nothing remained to be done except throw away the paper plates and forks from our take-out dinner the night before we closed. We would throw the sheets and pillows in the back of the car the next morning before going to closing. The movers were scheduled to meet us right after leaving the title company. Then at 8:30 pm the night before, our realtor called. The buyers were backing out.
We stood in the middle of the living room, boxes all around us, speechless.
Of course the “something else” isn’t always negative. Sometimes you love your new job though you were sad to leave the last one. Sometimes those people you weren’t sure about becoming life-long friends. Sometimes your investments yield more than you could imagine.
But it’s all a bit unpredictable. Life, I mean. And there is so much ordinary. Ordinary things, ordinary days, ordinary people, and in them surprising capacity to sustain us in our losses and to make us rethink our gains. Jesus told some stories that suggest a kingdom of God view of all this ordinariness of life.
I hope you join us for eleven:eleven this Sunday for more about “and then something else happened” as well as great music by Ringo Starr and Patti Griffin performed by the eleven: eleven band.