by Samantha Seidel


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).


I sat in front of my computer. Another Tuesday. Same early wake up, same practical routine.

I jotted down my hero’s agony and smiled as he found himself uncertain about his path. Odd thing to grin about, perhaps. But I had two characters ready to intervene in the next chapter. In a few pages, he’d find loyal friends and realize the betrayal from his previous colleague had been a good thing. An unexpected twist in the middle brought happy endings all around.

The ripple of my cell’s vibrant beat disturbed my thoughts. Dad’s name flashed on the screen–probably a call to say he’d work at home instead of the office.

I pressed answer. “Hey, Dad.”

“Start praying. It’s your brother.”

I knew little to start, but learned later that my brother had experienced a seizure. His collapse rocked our day and threw my family into an unexpected crisis. Stuck at home without a vehicle, I prayed and waited for news. And wondered why. Thankfully, he’s okay, but the why still haunts us today.

Life can derail us in moments. We celebrate happy surprises. But what about unforeseen losses? The deal that fell through. The friend who turned their back.

We write unanticipated twists, knowing a character’s losses will be rewarded or restored. God often works this way. We’re characters in his story, following his script. When the unexpected hits us, he already knows. And he has a reason. We might not grasp why, but he works everything out for our good. Including the unexpected.


Dear God, thank you for paving our path, including the good and bad moments. Help us to trust your process and know that you have a greater plan for our troubles. Teach us through every trial so that we may be ready for your abundance. In Jesus’ name, amen.





Samantha Seidel is a college student with a passion for writing and art. Based in Tampa, FL, she wrote a full-length fantasy novel at age fourteen. Though not published, she’s learning invaluable writing and editing skills on her journey to become a published speculative fiction author. You can contact her at srsinkfeather@gmail.com.

One thought on “Unexpected”

  1. We never know what’s around the corner.. but, praise God you answered the phone and were there and available to pray.. He is so faithful! Thanks for sharing your story.

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