Taken by Surprise

Surprises can take many different forms. Recently I have faced a few different situations where I have been surprised. Not a sudden, shock of a surprise, more of a growing realization that I went in, knowing what I expected and I was coming out with an entirely different result. It was a surprise! When we are open to it our children can often surprise us with their efforts, their insight, their maturity. There’s joy in those surprises and it’s important that, as adults, we encourage them, sharing our delight.

The grace of God can take us by surprise too. We can know what we expect as an outcome but it doesn’t always work out that way. Even more than that, we are expected to show that grace as we live with and alongside others. Share the delight of God’s grace with those around you – we can all be surprised.

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Garry Maynard

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