Thankful for Surprises

Stop and think back. Can you identity events or circumstances where God truly surprised you? Just, out of the blue, something totally unexpected occurred? If you hang around Jesus long enough, it’s bound to happen.

Once, Jesus and His disciples were attending a wedding feast. When the host ran out of wine for his guests, Jesus requested the servants fill large jars with water and … Surprise! Jesus turned the water into choice wine. (John 2:1-11)

Another time, collectors came to Peter for the required temple tax. I’m sure Peter was surprised when Jesus sent him to the lake to fish with instructions to “Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours” (Matthew 17:27). I bet Peter loved telling that story!

Recently, I spoke at an event and all attendees were surprised when right at the climax of my testimony, as I shared how I had waited four long years for God to open a door into the publishing world, a woman’s phone went off. The room exploded with laughter as we realized her ringtone was the song “At Last”! It was a perfect touch.

A life with Jesus is bound to be full of surprises. A ‘chance’ meeting, a miraculous answer to prayer, a special gift from your Heavenly Father, or just the right ringtone or song on the radio.

It may be a fun Thanksgiving Day activity to discuss with others how God has surprised you in your walk with Him, whether in big or small ways.

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2). “Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them (Psalm 111:2).

Ponder and be thankful!

About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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