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When the Unexpected Happens

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Matthew 6:7-8, NIV

Becky was in the fourth grade when her father lost his job. He’d tried to stand against corruption in the company and been fired by his boss instead.

Although she was young, Becky was old enough to know her father was having trouble at work. During a family dinner, one of the older kids mentioned that Dad had been fired.

Becky dropped her fork to her plate and turned to her father. “What’s going to happen now?”

Her father glanced around the table at his worried children’s faces and quietly said, “What’s going to happen now is what will always happen—we’ll trust God, and He will provide for us.”

It can be jarring when the unexpected happens. You lose your job. Your child runs away from home. Your spouse walks out. Your parent dies suddenly. Now, you’re left feeling like Becky, scared and alone.

But just like Becky could trust her father’s words, you can trust your Heavenly Father to provide for your needs.


Lord, give me strength when the unexpected happens. When I feel like I’m falling apart, hold me together with Your strength and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 13 Devotional

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