This may come as quite a shock to you but we live in an interesting world. You never know what to expect. A man in Fresno, California broke into the home of two farm workers to steal some money. While he was there he rubbed one of them with spices and whacked the other one with a sausage. He was arrested after authorities found his wallet inside the ransacked house. I guess if one is the type person to hit someone with a sausage he can’t be expected to be smart enough to remember his wallet when he flees the scene. If anyone ever breaks into my house they better not  rub me with spices and whack me with a sausage. If I wanted that kind of treatment I would go back to pledge week with my college fraternity.

A woman in Murfreesboro, Arkansas came home one afternoon and found a cow looking out her front door. (If it had been looking out her back door it could have been in a song. But only people my age and fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival will get that reference.) I would expect some form of a cow to be looking at me from a dinner plate but not standing in my front door. The woman found another cow inside the house, resting on her bedroom rug. Naturally the house was a mess. The cows evidently  thought they were  invited for dinner, not as dinner. The woman phoned her husband and said, “Wilbur, I don’t remember much about last night but we must have partied til the cows came home.”

A woman in Florida came home one night and found an 8-foot alligator passed out on the floor in the midst of a bunch of leather belts, shoes, and purses. As to why the alligator evidently fainted one redneck was quoted as saying, “What probably happened was the alligator broke in, saw the purse and thought it was his ex-wife.”

Well, I guess all of us have faced unexpected circumstances at one time or another. We may not have faced a wandering cow, an unwelcome alligator, or an errant sausage but no matter how much we plan, life happens. Do you ever have a day that goes exactly as planned? Ask school teachers that same question and they will just laugh at you. Ever returned home at the end of the day and  said to yourself, “Wow, didn’t see that coming!”  

What do you do?  You keep going. Does it make you anxious about the next day? Probably. But don’t let it. Here’s a word of wisdom. When life slaps you with a sausage, make sausage balls. Better yet, listen to scripture. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7 NIV.)

We plan. Life presses. We pray. God penetrates. Scripture prevails. Here are a couple  you may not have read. “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”  “Great peace  have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:1,165 NIV.) I like that. Nothing can make us stumble . . . not even being hit with  a stray sausage.

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