Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV).

When my oldest daughter, Abby, was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 33 weeks into her pregnancy with our first grandchild, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when her baby came via an emergency C-section after she’d been through 34 hours of labor—four weeks early—again, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when my adorable little grandson was whisked away to the NICU and I couldn’t even hold him until he was three days old, again I was surprised…and not in a good way.

It wasn’t the way any of us had pictured Abby’s pregnancy or Baby Bear’s birth, but knowing the craziness surrounding such a blessed event hadn’t taken God by surprise comforted us in the midst of the chaos that sometimes changed moment by moment. The end result—as bumpy as that road to recovery was for both my daughter and my sweet grandson—was a healthy, happy Mama Bear and Baby Bear. Praise God!

And, the blessings continue…

God won’t be surprised by any additional bumps in the road….

Just recently, Abby let us know that Baby Bear will be a big brother come December, and of course, we are all very excited. But, I’ve got to be honest, as soon as I learned the wonderful news, a pang of fear hit me. My mind drifted back to all of the complications from the last pregnancy and birth. I knew I couldn’t let my mind dwell in the land of “what ifs” so I said out loud, “No, I will not fear. God has got this.” I needed to hear myself declare that faith statement because faith comes by hearing, and I’ve been declaring it every day since.

I am standing in faith with Abby and Micah for a problem-free pregnancy and an easy birth of Baby #2. (And we hope you’ll stand with us.) But even if everything isn’t perfect, we are thankful God won’t be surprised by any additional bumps in the road, and we know He will carry us through on waves of peace, faith and strength.

Often our expectations of how things will go in life are not exactly, or even remotely, how they actually transpire. And, if your faith is easily shaken, those difficult situations can really rock your world. I’m not saying it’s easy to get through those tough times, but I am saying you won’t have to go it alone.

So, if you’re in the middle of some craziness in your life, wondering how you got there and why God is allowing it to happen in such a way…quit wondering and start proclaiming. Remind yourself that God isn’t surprised by any of it, and He is still in control of all of it. Rest in that truth today.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 KJV).

Father, help me to trust You during this unexpected craziness and rest in the fact that You’re still on the throne. Amen.

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10 thoughts on “Surprise, Surprise

  1. I’ve lived through some of those ‘earthly surprises’ myself, and also in the lives of my kids and grandkids! ALWAYS….it is great to know that God is NOT surprised by these things. Thx for sharing that reminder. Praying and trusting Him WITH you Abby and Micah, and your newest blessing, too.

  2. Girl, we’ve walked through similar circumstances. Oh so thankful for the way God loves and carries us always.

    Praying for you all!

  3. You quoted my life verse since age 16 at church camp: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 KJV).
    It’s been hard to concentrate today with lots of sadness of friends’ decisions and a death even from long-time illness. I’ll keep saying this today and keep living joyously.

    1. Kayleen, thanks for leaving a comment. How great that I used your life verse in this blog and that you read it at a time when you needed to meditate on its truth. Sending you a hug from across the miles. Can’t wait to see you at the Taylor Writing Conference next month.

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