Opportunities: Not What I Expected


I’m pretty sure that each one of us has either spoken or thought those exact words, probably more than once.

After relaying to my husband, Mike, Steve Hoadley’s message this past Sunday about how, as Steve says it, “Jesus flips the script.” Meaning that when we plan for something to happen the way we expect, but the end result is something totally unexpected. I explained to Mike that I had prayed and was still unsure as to what I could share on the blog this week, he then encouraged me to share our “Jesus flipped the script” story.  Which is not at all what I expected him to say.

It was the summer of 2015 and I was staying down the shore for a couple of days with some friends of mine. On the morning of the day I was scheduled to go home, we joined together in prayer. My heart was filled with gratitude and humbleness as I spoke words of praise for how I believed that God was breaking the chains of alcoholism in Mike. So much so that I was overcome by tears of joy.

As planned, I left right after dinner. Once I arrived at home I found Mike asleep in bed. After speaking with our son I realized that something awful and unexpected had happened. After looking around I then found the ticket which read DUI. I remember just standing in the room standing and shaking uncontrollably, yelling at Mike & yelling at God. “Where were you, God?” This isn’t what I prayed & praised you about just this morning. I looked over to Mike as I heard him calmly say, “God WAS with me, I didn’t hurt anyone or myself.”

It’s been over 3 years since Mike lost his driving privileges and his job of 15 years but, we feel extremely blessed to have experienced the glory of God, which is definitely not even close to what we had expected! 

We share our stories because our disappointments are others’ opportunities to meet Jesus. 

2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Donna McCallion

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