Surprise, Surprise

Life is full of surprises. Unexpected moments. Knock-you-off-your-feet days.

I don’t like surprises. I never have. Ask any of my college friends. They threw me a surprise going away party right before I graduated and it was probably the worst idea they’ve ever had. It didn’t help that I knew about it and had to pretend like I didn’t. That just made it worse. It was so awkward. (insert cricket sounds here)

A fairly significant surprise came for me this week. As I was reading my email, my jaw dropped and my hand reached to pick up the phone and call a friend. I’m not one to process surprising news on my own very well. I need someone to talk it out with me. Someone I can trust with whatever reaction comes first. And someone who can tell me what the better reaction should be, before I go out there showing my true colors. (Thanks Kim) ;)

Shock. Disbelief. Frustration. Slightly Relieved. Nervous. Challenged.
This was my chain of reaction to the news.

Thankfully I’ve mulled it over and finally gotten to that Challenged phase. I was reminded that this was not a surprise to God. He knew all along that this would happen. He knew all along that we could be trusted with this. And He is asking us to step up to the challenge. So we are.

What is the challenge, you ask? Well, I’m not quite at liberty to say. All I can tell you at this point is that our LOVE Africa trip is going to look a bit different and be a bit more challenging than I originally thought.

So this week, I am thankful for this truth:
“God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything.”
1 John 3:20

And this song:
“No Weapon” by Crosspointe Church 
We are not alone
Where You send us You have already gone
And what will happen You have already known
We are not alone

We are not afraid
Though enemies surround Your hand will save
Where hope cannot be found You are the way
We are not afraid

No weapon shall prevail against me
The God of Heaven and earth is with me

We will not be tired along the journey
And this road is hard
Where strength is weary You will lift us higher
We will not be tired

We will not be silent
For silence has no power when Your Word brings life
Let every nation see the dead arise
We will not be silent

No weapon shall prevail against me
The God of Heaven and earth is with me


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