In the words of Gomer Pyle “Surprise, surprise, surprise” most of us woke up this morning in central Pennsylvania very surprised at the fresh fallen snow. I’m sure the kids didn’t mind the delay to school ! We are sometimes taken aback by things that happen in our lives. We are chugging along doing our thing and suddenly an unexpected trial or blessing occurs, perhaps an opportunity comes out of the blue you don’t feel you are prepared for. God makes our lives very exciting and interesting at times but it’s all good. When something surprising comes up, God is never surprised for He knows all !
The Psalmist wrote this of the Lord in Ps.139, “O Lord Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou knowest mine downsitting and my uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways” (vss.1-3). Surely the God of all the universe is not thrown any curve He can’t handle or know about before it happens. The omniscience of God is, when you think about it for any length of time, a very comforting truth about our God ! You may be thrown for a loop about something you are caught unawares about but He isn’t and He is ready to handle it through your life. His Word is so uniquely and wondrously designed that nothing that comes up is not covered by it either in clear precept or principle. Periodically I tell our church that rock music though not specifically addressed in Scripture is certainly in principle in numerous places guiding us away from the carnal towards more Christlike music which speaks to our inner man rather than fixates on the natural man.
Have you had a surprise in your life recently and are a little unsure how to handle things? Remember, God knew about this surprise even before you were born ! His Word has the guidelines you need to be resilient and resourceful in dealing with it in the proper way. And when surprises befall us we can choose to either panic or pursue a path that honors the Lord and obeys His Word. So remember, that surprise is intended to turn out to God’s glory and your good !!