I’ve always loved surprises–especially the good ones…
When I graduated high school my cousin decided at the last minute to switch her vacation days and come to my graduation. I had no idea that she was coming, and even printed out a 5×7 photograph of her to sit on the entertainment center. (When I was in elementary school she lived out of state and for a school project about Flat Stanley I sent her a little paper doll named Flat Bailey and went on all sorts of adventures with her). And then my younger cousin also decided to come down and surprise me as well…This led to all 5 Grandgirls being at my graduation!
A few years later when I turned 21 we had come home from running some errands. I had just started lunch and was watching a business video online. Meanwhile my Grandparents had pulled into the driveway, walked up on the porch (which was mere feet from where I was sitting) and entered the kitchen all before I realized that they had come to surprise me. I STILL get teased about this one to this day! Don’t ask me how they managed to get into the house without me actually noticing, I have NO idea.
The other day I got another nice surprise.
After a long day I was tired, hungry, and wanted to be home. The last place I wanted to be was Wal-Mart (and the scary one at that). Walking in I was a little dazed; trying to figure out what direction to go and how I managed to get in front of the pack…
As we were walking through the door it only took a second before Mom said, “Bailey, Look!”
“Right in front of you.”
That was a mere second before I yelled her name and took off at a run across Wal-Mart.
A couple of our out of state friends made a super quick trip to Ohio and I wanted to say “Hi” and get a hug. We stood there for a few minutes talking about life, history and food before we said our goodbyes and continued with our shopping.
As I thought back over this surprise and the fact that I quite literally ran across Wal-Mart a couple of things crossed my mind.
One being, Oh, I hope that wasn’t too immature. And more importantly; that’s how it should be with God!
You aren’t made to go through life in a daze. You have a purpose and an important job to do; a job that no one else but you can do. God does have a unique plan for your life and if we ask Him He’ll reveal it, one step at a time. He’s on a need to know basis. (See Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 32:8). He doesn’t want us to just walk through life exhausted by the burdens that we weren’t meant to carry…Give them to Him and let Him share the load (Matthew 11:28-30).
Psalm 118:24 tells us that God made this day and we should rejoice in it. Each and everyday that we walk on this earth has good in it. The day itself may not be good but I can guarantee that there was good in it. You woke up, there was food to eat, clothes to wear, etc.
“For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
God delights in you! YES, YOU! And I’m betting just like any parent He likes to see you smile and get excited by the surprises and the work He does in your life. After all, telling others what God has done in our lives is one small way that we can defeat the devil (Revelation 12:11).
What’s something good that God has done in your life recently? What lessons has He been teaching you? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love for you to share!
Until next time,