Taken By Surprise
Are you ever taken by surprise?
I know I am. I know I usually have an idea of what I expect to happen day in and day out. And, most of the time, that's pretty much what happens. Oh, yeah, I might have chicken instead of hamburger for lunch. Or I might decide it's really too hot to get out and weed the flowerbeds as I planned to do. (Okay, I'll be honest. I always hope it's too hot to actually get out there and work.) But, for the most part, things just tick along as usual.
Once in a while, though, something does not go as planned. There's an accident or an emergency. One of my cats gets sick. The check I was expecting doesn't come. Or I have a sudden, urgent expense that is not least bit in the budget.
I recently had a stretch like that. I had to have surgery, and my insurance has a huge deductible. I had to replace my air conditioner (and where I live, without air conditioning, you pretty much die). I had to have a root canal, and I don't have dental insurance. I was reeling. But you know what?
God wasn't in the least bit surprised.
He knew what was ahead for me, and He provided for me. If any of those things had happened even a few months before they did, I would have been financially ruined.
He sees us. He knows us. He knows what we need.
And He is wonderful.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.