Within seconds Riley starts screaming “I got one Daddy! I got one!” I didn’t believe her, so I said “Ok, I’ll be there in a minute when I am done with Zoe’s pole.” Zoe then runs over to Riley and says, “I’ll help you reel it in!” At this point I’m intrigued, although still skeptical. I turn around and sure enough, Riley has got herself a small pinfish.
This story made me realize: It is fun to be surprised.
I have found this to be true in my faith as well. God often surprises me in how God chooses to show up in my life. I expect God to work in a particular way, and I am surprised when God does something different. I’m a big planner, and I like things to go as I have planned them. So when God surprises me, it is not always a welcome surprise.
Over time, I have worked on being open to the surprises of God. This involves removing my own expectations and trusting in God. After all, it is God who is in control, not me. And I need to trust God with my day much more than my feeble plans.
Have you recently been surprised by God? Perhaps we should be like the Psalmist as we wait for the surprises of God in life.
See you on Sunday!