Life is full of surprises. One minute you are walking down the road in one direction and then all of a sudden you find yourself going in another direction. Sometimes that is the way the cookie crumbles. But there are sometimes that you want to eat the cookie before it crumbles. There are times when you like the surprises and then there are times when you are not so sure. For example:
You could probably add to the list of surprises. Some are good and some not so much. Surprises can lead to excitement and then some lead to disappointment. Some you can’t believe it is happening and others you wished you were only dreaming.
Have you ever stopped and looked at how many surprises are in the Bible? How about when Adam and Eve stumbled upon Abel’s fresh grave? When Noah’s neighbors first realized the rain wasn’t stopping? When Sarah actually realized that God did actually mean that she would get pregnant in her old age? When Pharaoh’s wife screamed, “He’s dead! Our son in dead!” There were many surprises. The Israelites are running for their life and all of a sudden the waters parted. Jericho’s walls actually came falling down after marching around them 7 times and then blowing their trumpets. David actually killed Goliath with one stone. This Samaritan women was told by Jesus all of her past history of failed marriages and the one she was currently living with. How about Jesus dying a criminal’s death even though He was without sin?
There are surprises all through the Bible. Like John at the end of his Gospel, if I would write them all down, there wouldn’t be enough room. When we talk about Jesus’ return it says that it is going to be like a thief in the night. Even today we continue to face surprises. Some we embrace and others we wish they never happened.
Can I remind you today that no matter what comes your way, we have a God who is watching over you. He has a way of turning the darkest day into the brightest outcome and the biggest surprise into the biggest blessing. It may not happen in your timing but I know it will be the right time. All we are asked to do is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” Psalm 18:12. This is reminding us that God truly is our protector and our provider. Put all your trust in Him and embrace the surprises because you never know where it will lead you.
Last Sunday was such a blessing as we worshiped with the Ohio Christian Chorale. I may be biased but I thought the Spirit of God was thick. Come with great anticipation this Sunday as we continue to see the Lord’s hand move in our services.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene