Thursday, May 15, 2008

Surprise Me!

It's near the end of May 15th. We already had some encouragements today, but a significant encouragement came late in the day ... well actually, it started yesterday already when Ken's folks emailed us a copy of the Daily Bread Devotional for today - Do you ever take sneak peaks? Well they did, thought of us and sent it along via email yesterday already.

As you know already, I was rather busy yesterday and only took a cursory glance at their email, but Ken has taken time to read it. So, today, when my folks stopped by for a quick visit (we love those and will seriously MISS those) with the express purpose of encouraging us with the same thing, today's devotional entitled "Surprise Me!" Ken knew right away what they were talking about and showed it to me here at the computer after putting the children to bed.

Here it is: (thanks Dad K. for copying it out - copy paste is some much easier for me then)

May 15, 2008
Surprise Me!
READ: Ephesians 3:14-21
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. —Isaiah 55:8
When our family went out for an ice cream cone, my dad would ask my mother what flavor she’d like. Often she would reply, “Surprise me!” She told me she was rarely disappointed in his choice.

Do you like surprises? Would you ever dare say, “Surprise me!” to God? A lot of us are a little scared to do that. Yes, we have faith that God is good and that He loves us. Yet we’re afraid we won’t like what He chooses for us.

Throughout the Bible we read that God delights in doing the unexpected. Sometimes it’s folding back the waters for His people to cross a sea on dry ground (Ex. 14:21-22). Or forgiving and embracing those who repent of their sin (Ps. 130:1-4). Jesus’ time on earth was filled with amazing events that pointed people to His Father—He turned water into wine, calmed storms, healed the sick, and raised the dead.

What kind of God do we serve? One who is not confined by our finite imagination (Eph. 3:20). God’s thoughts and ways are not like ours (Isa. 55:8), and He wants to bless us with far more than a special flavor of ice cream. He delights in His children who trust Him and are willing to say, “Surprise me, Lord!”

O Lord, give me the grace to be
Content with what You give to me.
No! More than that, let me rejoice
In all You send me—it’s Your choice!

Those who let God provide will always be satisfied.

Coming from both our parents doubles the encouragement ... (I think I'll label it a "2 for 1" Deal, how's that? smile)

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