Surprised by Life. 

I like surprises. Good ones at least. This last week has been one of many surprises, both the good kind and the not so good. It started with the ultimate surprise last Saturday, where, with the help of four friends from Manchester, we were able to surprise Emma for her birthday. The day started off with a real treat to the hospital for Emma to have an MRI scan to see what’s going on with her back. Meanwhile, four of her friends were driving up and sneaking into our house to await our return. She had no idea. You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep it a secret. The look on her face when she opened the door to see her friends standing there…priceless. After the year that we have had, it was great to be able to surprise her with something like that. She had thought I was taking her to an auction! 

The week then consisted of 3 more surprises, all, unfortunetaly, not as fun as the first one. With two family members passing away and an unexpected change to our office space, in which we are moving once again on Wednesday, this has been one week full of surprises. 

Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. It’s how we react to the not so good ones that help to shape us and bring us through them that really matters. God will never give us something we can’t handle. Nor does He dish out bad things just to see how we react to them. I always like to think that even though these things might have caught us off guard, God saw it coming and is still in full control of what’s going on. So, we have a choice when life throws us a curveball, are we going to react out of a place of pain or panic, or are we going to spend time to hear from God in the midst of it all. We shouldn’t make decisions or react out of a place of panic, that’s never going to end well. Instead, we find our place of peace with God, who prepares a meal for us in the presence of our enemies, and we make decisions from that place of His peace and presence. 

So, while we have no idea as to where our next office space will be, I remain full of hope, peace and excitement that this next move will be the right one. I’m not going to make a decision based on our circumstances, nor one based out of fear. I am going to choose today to trust in God and His ability to help us figure this one out. He is good. No matter what the surprise. 

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