One of my favorite words is “discombobulated.” It sound like just what it means, mixed up, messed up and just somehow wrong. And no, that is not the dictionary definition, but it works for me.
The other day I was with a group at the nursing home, something we do every week. We have a kind gentleman who sets up a really wonderful sound system for us every week and does a great job. But somehow, this week, nothing seemed to go well.
First, even though we set it up the same way every week, it was giving us all sorts of feedback. For some reason it wanted to hum and squeal. Then, just when we think that is fixed we start here a loud popping noise! One of the microphone cables had gone bad. It was just one of those mornings.
We all have them at times, we set out on the day and everything is going fine and then somehow, before you know it life takes a left turn. Everything just starts to go wrong and sort of snowballs until it all feels totally out of control. And think about this, we were there to serve the Lord and the folks at the nursing home! We all sort of think, “Surely that will go well!” But that is not always the case.
Remember Moses? Sent to lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt? He was sent by the Lord, He we doing what the Lord wanted, but it didn’t go like Moses or the people thought. When Moses first asks the Pharaoh to let the people go, Pharaoh says, “No!” But not only that, he makes their lives and work harder.
In fact the people complain to Moses and Moses finally cries out to God, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?”(Exodus 5:22 ESV) But the Lord answers Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out…” (Exodus 6:1 ESV) It seemed to Moses and the people that everything was going wrong, but the Lord was still in control. His plan was unfolding.
It can seem to us that our life, even that the world is out of control. We need to remember that though we may not understand, though we may feel overwhelmed, God Almighty is not surprised. His plans will come to pass. He will watch over His people.
There is a verse in Isaiah that says it very clearly, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you! (Isaiah 41:10 ESV) Your world may feel a little discombobulated, but trust the Lord! He is still in control!