“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
The “X factor” is defined as a variable in a situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome. (Dictionary.com)
I have been thinking about the X factor much lately. I see it as the thing that takes all my well laid plans and tosses them into the dirt. The X factor shows up at my door too often, wrecking plans, postponing events, doing everything it can to sideline me.
The unforeseen event, the flare up, the worsening condition, the stressful situation coming out of the blue–these challenges have the power to change our plans and prevent our wishes from coming true. Maybe you have a trip planned, perhaps a vacation, maybe there is an event you have planned for months, but then the X factor arrives and everything goes out the window.
We all have such disappointing times. They leave us disheartened and discouraged, angry, and disappointed. And it is often hard to get back up, to make additional plans for the future, to overcome the discouragement over our disabilities and diseases.
This week the X factor may have visited you, or perhaps it will be next week.
How can we defeat the discouragement that comes from the X factor? Understand it is there, it exists, and yes, it could show up at any time. If we remind ourselves that because of illness we have a much bigger likelihood of being visited by this very unwelcome X factor.
If we can steady our minds and emotions by understanding this reality, and yet keep hope alive– continue to make plans in spite of the chances that sometimes we may not get our desired outcome–then perhaps with the Lord’s help we will not be overthrown by unforeseen circumstances.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us through the disappointments that come into our lives. Help us to get back up, and hope again, when disappointment strikes. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. And he has been visited by the X factor far too often.
Has disappointment thrown your plans into disarray? Have you been visited by the X factor of illness?
This is Britt Nicole singing “Hanging On.” It has lyrics on the screen that I believe will touch you, as we are all hanging on in this life, and when we turn to God He can make all the difference between joy and sorrow when plans have to be cancelled or postponed. -Lisa