Have you ever been blindsided? Have you ever had something happen to you that
you did not see coming? Was it bad or good? I remember - I was 29. Ruth and I had
been married for almost 7 years and we already had Isaac, my oldest son. He was
almost 3. I was in the middle of teaching a class at the local High School back in TN
when Ruth sent me ‘the text message.’ It had no words on it, simply a picture of a
pregnancy test. You know where I am going with this don’t you? In one second -
through one text - our entire world, from our budget to our calendar, was completely
changed!! (we now have 4 children by the way!).
Whether good or bad - one thing I can promise you is that life can change through
one text message, email, phone call, conversation, etc. See the question isn’t, ‘Have
you ever been blindsided?’ as much as it is, ‘How will you respond the next time you
are?’ In Daniel Chapter 2, we see Daniel blindsided by some very distressing news!
You can read Daniel chapter 2 to get the full story, but basically Daniel answers the
door in verse 14 and finds out that he and his friends are about to be killed for
something that they were not a part of, in fact they had no idea it was even
happening. Daniel’s response to this curveball shows us 4 godly responses to being
1: He responded with wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says, ‘The fear of the Lord is the
foundation of wisdom.’ Daniel was able to respond with wisdom because he had
cultivated a life that was reverent to God.
2: Sometimes (most times?) it’s better not to just speak your mind. Begin to pray
Psalm 141:3, ‘Take control of what I say, O Lord.’ Pray this now - so that the next
time you get knocked off your feet you have already made this your confession over
3: He went to his friends. Who are your people? Who knows those things about you?
You know what things I am talking about. I have intentionally placed several people
in my life that know all of my secrets - for one purpose - so that I have no secrets. I
want to encourage you to intentionally place positive, godly relationships in your life.
That’s why we have small groups as one of the main things we do as a church.
Proverbs 17:17, ‘A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of
4: He prayed. Listen, prayer is not a last resort. It is not a hail mary thrown up in the
last seconds of the game. Prayer is our first response. Through Jesus Christ our
prayers have the power to make things happen that we cant even see (Matthew
18:18). I want to encourage you to set a standard of prayer in your life today - before
you hit reply: PRAY. Before you call them back: PRAY. Before you address your
child’s behavior: PRAY. Before you eat that 8th piece of holiday fudge: PRAY!!! God is
ready to speak into that situation - but are we ready to listen? Have we cultivated
ears that will hear him over the noise of life? PRAY
Guess how Daniel’s situation turned out? God came through. I want to encourage
you - whether this blindside of a situation is of your own doing or not - God saw it.
He cares. And he wants to walk you through it in peace.
Bangor Campus Pastor
Have you ever been blindsided by a situation?
How did you respond?