Not What You Expected

Image:In July of 1969, the United States achieved the dream of landing a man on the moon. Neal Armstrong’s fame was assured when he was picked to be the first man to ever set foot on that celestial body. After traveling through 250,000 miles of empty space, He landed the LEM, nick-named “The Eagle”, with only 15 seconds of fuel remaining. When he stepped on the moon’s surface, His first words were, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. These 11 words are now recorded in the history books of the world. What is not recorded in those same history books is the debate scientists had about the moon itself. There was a great deal of concern that the lunar surface would prevent anyone from actually landing there at all.

There was speculation regarding massive boulders being in the way, since there is no erosional activity, caused by wind and water, like there is on earth. There was concern about radiation pockets on the surface from rocks that had been blasted by meteorite impacts. There was fear about deadly solar wind in the event the sun went through an unexpected time of solar flare activity. Most of all, scientists were convinced that the surface of the moon had to be covered with many feet of fine dust.  That dust would have been swept up and collected on the surface over the millions, or even billions of years, of the moon’s existence. The fact is, there was no plan in place if something went wrong. The men knew they could very well die up there, if anything unexpected happened.

Of all the events that occurred, two things really set the scientists into a frenzy. Both of these things flew in the face of every theory they had, and there has never been a clear explanation as to why these were not what they expected. The first was the lack of dust on the moon’s surface. There was only about an inch of fine, cement-like powder, not the feet that had been anticipated. This reality suggests that the moon must only be ten, or at the most twenty thousand years old. That posed a massive problem for everyone who believed in an “old earth” theory. Creationists saw it as one more proof of Biblical truth, while evolutionists, who refused to consider any alternative, became silent and never brought it up again.

The second thing that caught everyone off guard happened when the LEM was jettisoned from the command module, and set on a path to crash land on the moon. Sensors were left on the moon’s surface to record the impact. The vibration would indicate what kind of rock structure was under the surface. However, upon impact the recording equipment picked up a vibration that no one dreamed possible. It bounced and echoed for many hours around the interior of the moon. The only thing on earth that comes close to that kind of vibrational activity is the structure of a bell. In other words, by these readings, the moon had to be a hollow ball, not a solid mass, and it stunned the scientific community into silence. This was not at all what they had expected.

 What about you? How do you respond when something comes up that you did not expect? Some people become defensive and begin to fight their way out. Others become silent, withdraw and protect what’s theirs. The benefit you get from any new discovery really hangs upon how quickly you are willing to embrace, and assimilate, what you have learned. If you fight things because they don’t prove what you already believe, it means you are not open to new ideas. Like it or not, you are a dinosaur that will soon be facing extinction, because you are not willing to change. However, if you view that new information with excitement, you are one step closer to adapting and being made better, so you can thrive in the change that is about to come.

The point being made here is quite simple.  We will either embrace what comes, and thrive in a time of unexpected change, or we will hold-fast to what we already know, and die. That choice is up to each of us, and we must choose well, or we will find ourselves left behind. If you have been struggling with something that is not what you expected, perhaps it is time to step back and get your bearings in what is going on. You might not be able to change the situation, but you can change your response to it.

You begin this process by relaxing, looking at the options that are available, and setting your course towards what will benefit you the most. You are never a helpless victim, but you may be caught off guard once in a while. Take a moment to catch your breath and use what has happened to your advantage. Regroup if you must, reevaluate as you can and recover the state of composure God says you have if you will rest in Him. So, when things are not what you expected, it’s not the end of the world. If you will take a moment to process things correctly, you may discover that they are exactly what you need to get ready for the unexpected change that is just around the corner.

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