As spring ends and summer begins we witness new life emerging from a winter slumber. We expect the birds migrating back to the north and anticipate the tiny buds of tulips, crocus’ and daffodils breaking through the cold ground reaching up to the warmth of the sun.
Most years by June 1 the sun is already blazing in all its glory while we feel the summer warm breezes on our faces. Long walks in the sunshine replace the umbrellas of a rainy spring day. But for some reason this year, spring seemed to have carried over into the summer months. Cold nights, more rain than sunshine kept our furnaces running. Light snow glistened on our tulips and daffodils. June did not come as gently as years passed. It was unexpected yet God was expected as the clouds lifted and summer returned with all of His splendor.
Nature teaches us to expect the unexpected with things out of our control.
God teaches us to expect Him in all the unexpected of our lives.
What about the unexpected in your life?
I expected God when I heard the unexpected words, “you have breast cancer”, words that turned my life upside down.
My life consisted of biopsies, a mastectomy, every scan imaginable searching for any lingering cells followed by months of two different types of chemo, radiation followed then more scans. During that time, I gave myself into His care. He came to me in the last place I had expected – and He was the first One I expected to hear my cry.
This disease was unexpected. But God was expected. I expected God in the most unlikely place – I expected God in cancer. I expected God’s promise “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 I gave myself into His care, trusting in Him to never leave me – God kept His promise.
Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers was unexpected, but God was expected in his prison. Joseph’s story.
Paul encountered a violent storm at sea and was shipwrecked. Everyone else panicked, except Paul. Calm and confident, Paul expected God as the waves crashed around everyone on board. Paul shipwrecked.
It is easy to miss God altogether if you are not expecting Him. We can expect Him in the smallest detail of our life and in the biggest challenges we face. We can expect Him in His Word, through His Son – Jesus and in the power of His Holy Spirit.
Whatever you are facing – expect God. He is with you.