Thursday, July 25, 2013

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. 
But He provided in a most wonderful way.

He sees us.  He knows us.  He knows what we need. 

And He is wonderful.

Psalm 147:5
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Isaiah 42:9
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare;  before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

Psalm 139:1-4
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.

Psalm 139:13-16
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.

DeAnna Julie Dodson has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. She is the author of In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered, a trilogy of medieval romances, as well as Letters in the Attic, The Key in the Attic, The Diary in the Attic and, coming up, The Legacy in the Attic, contemporary mysteries. Her new series of Drew Farthering Mysteries will debut in the Summer of 2013 with Rules of Murder from Bethany House.  A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats.


  1. Amen, DeAnna! I love the reminder, and the scriptures!

  2. Thanks, Suzie.

    It's quite an appropriate subject for me . . . especially today. ;)

  3. Yes, I agree and I can say I don't worry or stress half as much as I used to. No job? oh well. Because God sees me through. I make some extra $$ and I get a surprise expense... that's the way it goes.
    I may never be on the street, nor moving into a mansion. But God sees that my needs are supplied and that's just fine with me.

    It seems my life has been one of facing unemployment so much that it's become the norm. Yet I continue to expect the best.

    thanks DeAnna.
    You never know when things are going to pop up and surprise you. (great post!)

  4. Thanks, Deb!

    Yep, I didn't know that stuff set in motion in 2002 would keep me out of the poorhouse in 2012.

    God did.

    He's awesome!

  5. This is really good, DeAnna. Thanks.


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