How F-l-e-x-i-b-l-e Are You?

Have you ever seen White Christmas? The family I live with watches this 1954 film every year while they put up their Christmas tree. Last night, I probably should’ve gotten off the couch to help them string lights and hang ornaments, but I was too preoccupied watching Judy’s (actress Vera-Ellen) beautiful dancing. What grace and flexibility!

How flexible are you?

I’m actually not wondering how good of a dancer you are . . . I’m wondering how flexible you are with your plans and your time. Personally, I haven’t won any awards for my flexibility—on the dance floor or in life in general! But I think I might be starting to improve.

A couple weeks ago, I took a week-long vacation to visit a friend in Kentucky. We had lots of fun things planned, but most of them didn’t happen. Instead, lots of yucky, unexpected things happened—like . . . we got food poisoning!

But you know what was crazy? God gave me the grace to be flexible with it all. Here’s how. The day I left for the airport, the Holy Spirit spoke so clearly to me through Job 42:2. Job is talking to God in this passage, and says:

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

God spoke to my heart, “Paula, your plans for your vacation might be thwarted (prevented or opposed), but my plans for you will not be thwarted. Everything will happen exactly as I want it to!”

And you know what? I had a great time—even though almost nothing happened the way I thought it would. I hope I won’t soon forget the truth found in Job 42:2. Cause it’s true all the time, in all situations. Do you believe it?

As we embrace this f-l-e-x-i-b-i-l-i-t-y (which is really just trust in God), I have a sneaking suspicion that God will find us even more beautiful than Judy’s graceful dancing!

About Author

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on

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