No surprises


Hebrews 4:13  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

Shortly after my husband and I were married, he drove from Pennsylvania to Ohio to attend a module for one of his seminary classes.  I was home one day after work when our phone rang.  It was my husband who proceeded to tell me he was just in an accident.  The truck was totaled, but he was okay.  He was on his way to the hospital just in case because there was broken glass everywhere and he had some cuts.  I don’t remember his exact words, but I do remember the fear they provoked.  Just how bad were his cuts?  Would they find anything else wrong?  How were we going to replace our truck?  I remember calling my dad and telling him what had happened.  And to this day I remember a question he asked me.  “Jenn, aren’t you glad that this didn’t take God by surprise?”

That question has stuck with me all these years.  So many times I fall into the trap of worry.  All I have to do is read the news or hear of trials others are facing and I begin to wonder when it will be our turn.  I look at how Christians are being treated for standing up for truth and I wonder how much worse it will be when my kids are grown.  Will they stand firm?  Will they give in?  Will they suffer for their faith?  And what of our ministry?  Are we doing all that we should?  Will our investment last?  It is easy to get stuck in this trap of worry – of “what ifs?”.

This week I have been studying to teach a lesson at our VBS on God’s omniscience.  As I’ve prepared, I have been reminded of my dad’s words all those years ago.  “Aren’t you glad that this didn’t take God by surprise?”  Nothing takes Him by surprise!  He is an all-knowing God who always wants the best for us.  He sees the big picture when we can only see a small speck.  What a comfort that is!  Life is full of surprises – some good, some bad.  But none of them are surprises to our God.  He knows me.  He knows what is ahead of me.  He knows what my children’s futures hold.  He sees the past, the present, and the future.

So I need not worry about tomorrow’s “surprises”.  Because whatever they may be, God already knows.  He will not be surprised.  And I can trust Him.


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