Have you ever been surprised by something unexpected? We all have had a moment when we stopped dead in our tracks and wondered at the amazing timing of events? Most likely you thought of it as good luck or a coincidence. Life certainly has these moments and they often make us smile or say “wow”.
Every year as we prepared to leave for Florida, I promised myself to spend my free time writing. I could spend many hours writing, but in the past, often stymied as to what I should write. I would wait for God to give me a nudge, wanting to please Him. Probably 10 years ago, after several weeks of not writing anything, I was in my same old rut; willing, yet uninspired.
With too much time on my hands, I agreed to go with my sister-in-law to her book club. As we gathered, a lady walked through the door. I felt an instant connection that I cannot even explain. She had yet to speak and yet her body language spoke volumes. I made sure I sat next to her and listened carefully to what she had to say, seeing immediately that as a retired English teacher, she loved books, loved stories, loved to write!
Through casual conversation I soon discovered that she taught a memoir writing class. I came alive with questions and she invited me to attend her class. J I would continue to attend her class every winter for 4 years, plunking out a story every week! I never lost the warm desire to know her more. To learn what she had to share!
This was a blessing from God on so many levels. Soon I was learning faster than I could type. I needed subjects. God showed me that the possibilities were endless. I was lonely. He provided an amazing connection with like-thinking friends. I needed an outlet for writing. He gave me the class. I reconnected with extended family by sending out newly created stories. A wonderful bonus I had never conceived.
Did I just happen to meet this lady or was it orchestrated by God? You are free to decide. I know He blessed me! The bible tells us that it is his desire to pour out blessings on those who love Him. He cares for us in every way. I love to contemplate Him smiling with pleasure when He surprises us.
I invite you, with me, to get more in tune with God and see unanticipated happenings as the blessings they are. The next time you are delighted and surprised with a circumstance or a desire fulfilled, remember the author of life is blessing you and loving you. Love Him right back and give Him the praise, honor and glory.
Psalm 111 : 2-4
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever. He has caused His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate.