Christmastime is approaching. There are cookies to bake, parties to plan, parties to attend, schedules to fill, letters to write, trees to trim, gifts to buy and wrap and give, gifts to receive. Surprise! And then it’s over. Surprise, again!
Now back up, way up. An angel of the Lord surprised a young girl and her fiancé with the announcement that the Savior of the world would enter their world. And as His story unfolded, many more were surprised:
- King Herod, “a new king?!”
- The Priests, “not the king we wanted!”
- Mary & Martha, “Lazarus! You’re alive!”
- Peter, “is that a rooster?!”
- Paul, “I can’t see!”
- The Disciples, twice, “where did all this bread come from?!”
- Samaritan woman, “why are You speaking to me?”
- The Disciples again, “why are You speaking to her?”
- Mary, Peter, John, “where is He?!”
- Emmaus travelers, “didn’t our hearts burn within us?”
Have you been surprised by some of life’s events? Maybe something that happened to you even today? Sometimes surprises are hard to swallow, sometimes cause for great rejoicing (maybe even both). Read 1 Peter 4:12-13, James 1:2-4. So take courage! These events aren’t a surprise to your God. He knows.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows… [Surprised? Don’t be.]
…take heart, because I have overcome the world.