Surprises are great when they are filled with things that bring cheer. But what about the unexpected and not so thrilling surprises. On Tuesday I had sinus surgery (not fun) and on Wednesday we received a call from our landlord telling us we would be needing to move because they are selling the house. Those kind of surprises are never fun especially since I am recovering from my surgery.
My first response was panic, face it I can’t do anything but lay around the house and recover for 2 weeks and what about Christmas and the kids moving from the friends they have just made in the year we have lived in this house. Isn’t that our typical response? Even in the times of such uncertainty we serve a God who is not surprised and is waiting for me to calm down and listen to what His plan is for all of this…the surprise that looks terrible may just turn out to be a surprise that causes us to rejoice of the goodness of God.
Before I had my accident I never once thanked God that I could walk…in fact I never even thought about it until after my accident. Face it, the things we do every day like walking, being able to feed ourselves, seeing, hearing, breathing…we rarely stop and thank God for those things do we? Hardly a day now goes past that I don’t thank God for the things I that pre-accident took for granted. Are you thankful for the little things in your life?
Face it…we are all broken. Our relationship with God is broken until we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and rule our lives and even then we face things throughout our lives that leave us broken. It may be a broken body, a broken relationship, a broken bank account or even a broken hope that life will ever get any better. When Jeremiah was facing a difficult time in his life he wrote:
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:20-24 (NLT)
Perhaps you are facing an awful time in your life right now, if so place your complete hope in him because he is always faithful to his word and will never leave you…never.