All of my plans for Christmas Eve looked like they were being dashed.

We were to have Christmas Eve dinner around 4:30. This would allow us to be able to leave at our leisure for the Christmas Eve service at 6:00. We would then come back to the house and have Christmas.

A perfect plan.

But something went amiss.

Our water heater wasn't working, thanks to the power outage and subsequent basement flooding of the previous weekend, and the repair man couldn't make it out until between 8 and midnight on Christmas Eve.

I didn't like it, but I grudgingly agreed. After all, he'd do his work in the basement. It shouldn't overly interfere with our Christmas Eve plans!

Then our invited guest, my son's special friend, didn't arrive on time. Quick texts and calls to her cell phone found her lost in a town that is about a 30 minute drive away at the time when she was supposed to be sitting down and eating Christmas Eve dinner with us.

She did eventually make it, and we had plenty of time to eat our dinner before we needed to leave for church. As a result of the delay, however, neither she nor my son had finished their Christmas shopping. They would need to stop at Walmart after the service.

So much for being able to drive to church as a family! We needed to be home for the repairman, and they needed to stop at Walmart! We would have to take two cars!

To say I was feeling discouraged as I got into the car would be an understatement. In fact, I was nearing tears. Then to make it worse, our niece had a little emergency during the Christmas Eve service, and she had to leave the service early. Her daughter, however, was in the program and couldn't leave early...

That's when I began to understand why "my" plans hadn't worked out. Because we had come in two cars, we had room in our car to drive my niece's daughter home after the service. We then arrived just in time for the repairman. Some unusual circumstances involving the waterheater resulted in him taking up about 45 minutes of our time, and this gave my son and his friend time to finish their Christmas shopping. They were back with all the gifts wrapped just as the repairman left, and we were able to proceed with Christmas Eve.

God works things out, friends! Let's remember this the next time our plans are being blown apart, and let's start letting Him be in control. For when we do, everything falls into place!

But why am I sharing this story with you?

The answer comes to us from the book of Exodus 18. Moses was wondering in the wilderness when he received an unexpected visit from his father-in-law, Jethro. What did he do? He spent the next little while telling Jethro all about God's miracles since leaving for Egypt.

Jethro's response?

"Jethro rejoiced over all the good that the Lord had done for Israel by rescuing them from the Egyptians. Jethro said, 'Blessed be the Lord who has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharoah, who has rescued the people from the harsh hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued those who were treated so arrogantly?'"

When we share our experiences with one another, we strengthen one another in our faith. That's why I've shared this story, and that's why it is important to share our experiences with one another. If any of you have gone through something that you know would strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ, please send it to The Nugget by clicking here, and The Nugget can serve as a vehicle to ensure that your experiences reach and strengthen your worldwide brothers and sisters in Christ!

In His love,

Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.