But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
~Isaiah 40:31




I Didn't Order That
Last night after church I took my grandchildren to McDonald's. While we were ordering a friend of mine came in from the drive-through with a sandwich in her hand. She said, "I didn't order that." She explained that she had ordered plain and got with everything. The girl behind the counter apologized and got the order ready and reached for the unordered sandwich to throw it in the trash. My friend asked could she simply give the unwanted sandwich to my grandchildren. She did.
This morning in front of the same McDonalds an eighteen-wheeler pulled out and blocked two lanes of traffic trying to pull on the road going the opposite direction. All of us in those two lanes had to sit and wait until the oncoming traffic cleared in the other two lanes so the truck could merge in. I was irritated and wondered what right he had to do that just because he could. I mean what car is going to challenge an eighteen-wheeler blocking the road?
The traffic finally passed and I moved on, but said out loud, "I didn't order that."
Later I went to Dollar Tree looking for a bottle of vitamins that I buy there quite often. I searched the shelves but didn't see it. I went and found a clerk to help me. She looked and confirmed that the vitamin wasn't there. I asked when they would get more. She said, "I don't know, we don't order that or anything else. We don't order they just send us what they think we need on the truck."
So in life, it seems there are always things around that someone didn't order. The unordered sandwich was used anyway. The unordered truck was tolerated anyway. The unordered vitamins are needed anyway.
We have to make the best of all situations we may find ourselves in. When things come along unordered there are some things we can use and enjoy anyway, some things we just have to tolerate until they pass and some things we need that we have to wait on.
God is God no matter what comes our way. Regardless of the situation, we are called to remain Christ-like and be salt and light to the world around us.  We must remain faithful and believe God gives us exactly what He wants us to have and what He thinks we need every day of our lives.  He won't put more on us than we can bear.
So even if you didn't order it learn what purpose God placed it in your life for.
Learn to be patient and wait on God.