We all love surprises, well the good ones anyway. It’s the long distance friend who shows up on your porch as a surprise. Or, the flowers that your husband sends for no other reason than to let you know he was thinking of you. For the woman who long gave up on trying to have a baby, the positive sign on a little plastic stick is the surprise of a lifetime. Surprises come in all sizes, shapes, and reasons.
Not all surprises are welcome.
Being fired from your job is not the surprise you wanted this morning. An unexpected death is the surprise that can change the life you had always anticipated. Child Services knocking at your door because a neighbor saw your kids playing outside unsupervised, definitely not part of your plan for the day. The phone call that your annual exam came back positive, and you need to see a specialist… not the surprise you want to share with your family.
Life is a roller coaster ride. We have good days and bad. There are days that go as planned, and others that couldn’t be further from how you imagined they would turn out. Our lives can be changed and uprooted in the blink of an eye. Not every phone call brings exciting news; nor does every piece of mail or email that comes your way.
It is easy to allow our thoughts to dwell on these negative circumstances, and forget all of the good the Lord has gifted to us. Life is full of surprises, but the Lord is not. He is constant, unchanging, unrelenting, and unmoved by whatever the world throws at us. He has seen it coming, His Word has prepared us for how to respond, and He will be there to comfort us through the process. In the end, He will be glorified… regardless of what it is the world surprised us with.
We are told….
Love your enemies.
Be of good cheer.
Live at peace with others.
Do not worry, or be anxious.
Do not be afraid.
Think about whatever is lovely, pure, just, honorable, commendable.
Do not seek revenge, pursue love.
God wants us to respond in all things, in a way that honors Him. Which means we respond with love, faith, trust, hope… we are to have a positive attitude, thankful in every circumstance.
This doesn’t mean we enjoy whatever obstacle or unwelcome surprise comes our way. It means that we find our joy in the Lord, trust that He is working out a good thing, have faith that He will carry us through it, and are secure in our hope that He will be glorified in the end. In spite of our circumstances, no matter how difficult they are, we respond with a positive attitude that reflects our assurance in God. It is one of the ways that we show that we are not conformed to this world, but are different because of Him. Our response is our light in a dark and dreary place.
We know that surprises will happen, because man is unpredictable. We may not know when it is coming, or what it will look like… but we know that unexpected things are going to happen. We can prepare for them by learning more of God’s Word, thus we will be better equipped in how we respond to whatever surprises come our way.
For the rest of October, I will be giving away FIVE COPIES of Authentic Intimacy’s newest book, authored by Dr. Juli Slattery
25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy.
You will receive ONE entry for each of the following ACTIONS:
- Comment on ANY of my #WRITE31DAYS posts from the month of October
- Retweet ANY of my #WRITE31DAYS tweets from the month of October.
- Comment on ANY of my Instagram photos for the #WRITE31DAYS challenge, from the month of October.
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That’s it! You get one entry for every action, the more you do… the more chances you get to win.
One copy per winner, thus FIVE winners will be chosen.
All comments and retweets must be in by MIDNIGHT EST October 31, 2015.
Winner will be announced on November 5th, 2015