Five Minute Free Writes – Every week I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. Each week the prompt is revealed Thursday evening. You can find more information here.
This week our prompt is: SURPRISE!
Set a time for five minutes….and GO!
“Let’s plan a surprise party!” my second son told me. “I want a surprise birthday party!”
I smiled. “How can it be a surprise if you know about it?”
“I’ll pretend,” he responds.
Surprises really aren’t my thing. Maybe I’ll give my newly turned 6-year-old a surprise birthday. No me though. I like to make plans an know the details. As much as I try, I can’t just know what is around that bend in the road.
Our family will be making decisions this year. Big ones. It is hard to plan and make the best choice when I feel I can’t see where each choice will lead. I can speculate, but our God likes to be in unknown shadows. Holding back and not showing me all that lays ahead.
I suppose I want to make decisions that will bring the LEAST amount of surprise. I want to know. But my God is no sharing it all with me. The mysterious God walks beside me. And as much as I usually hate surprises, our God is full of them. I’ve been surprised by so much as I look back.
The joy. The love. The justice. The faithfulness. The goodness. It all still surprises me.
I wonder if He likes it that way? We can know Him, but not fully. He will still surprise me as the days, weeks, months, and years pass along. In my thirty-two years, as I reflect back to all of life’s “surprises” – the ones I see from Him don’t always first appear to be good. But they are. The hard things, (not bad), just hard – are still good.
Because, well, He’s good. =
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