Just when you least expect it, when your guard is down, when you are looking in the other direction… he leaps out and knocks you sideways.
No, I am not talking about some sort of predator or assassin. I am talking about God.
Perhaps I should explain a bit more. I don’t mean that God assaults you, or that he attacks you or hurts you. What I mean is that his grace is so abundant and he is at work in ways beneath the surface of life that you never expect (and often don’t know) that when it bursts forth it takes you by surprise. We shouldn’t be surprised because we should expect the unexpected with God (except that if it is unexpected you can’t expect it). But he is a God of surprises.
I have experienced that and heard others talk about that this week:
Radios playing in two different public places at two different times (perhaps even two different stations) both playing the same song with words that speak grace into a person’s life.
An unplanned conversation that deepens a relationship and ministers grace.
An email received (following a mistake that caused someone to be upset) oozed grace as God ministered to that person who had been upset, despite the mistake.
A requested opportunity to visit someone in hospital outside visiting hours that is warmly received by the staff allowing an unexpected encounter with grace through sharing bread and wine.*
Unsolicited words of affirmation that gently rubbed grace into wounds of disappointment.
You can be part of God’s surprise squad today. How might he use you to share grace? Be prepared to be surprised yourself too!
Be blessed, be a blessing
*grape juice – no alcohol on the ward!