Monday, June 21, 2010

Unexpected Surprises

Don't you just love surprises?

It could be an unexpected win on someone's blog giveaway, a random "just because" gift from your spouse, or kids, or even a handwritten card or letter?

How does that make you feel when they come unexpectedly?

I know for me, it instantly brings a smile because I know that someone went out of their way to consider me. They really thought about making me happy with their gift of a surprise!

Well when was the last time you were surprised with something like this? A recent holiday? Mother's Day? Valentines' Day, Christmas, your birthday?

Now let me pose another kind of question. How did it make you feel when you discovered the surprise before it was given to you?

Maybe someone let the "cat out of the bag"? Or you happened upon it hiding in the closet, the trunk of the car, or even found the receipt?

Sure you were excited in your alone moment of self discovery but now you had to fake it in front of the person who would give you the gift later.

I remember discovering this hard fact of life when I was a child at Christmas. Of all the things on my Christmas list that year, my parents did a great job of trying to convince me I may not get what I wanted.

Yet one afternoon while they were both at work, I was looking for something in my parents closet, and happened to come across a bag filled with all the items on my Christmas list that year buried at the far end of their closet. Oh the joy I was filled with at that moment, knowing without a doubt I was going to get what I asked for.

Yet that morning I discovered the tell-tale handwriting on those presents from Santa were actually my parents when I unwrapped the presents I found in the closet. Sure I was happy because now I got to play with those gifts that were at one time hidden in the closet, but I also discovered the truth to the lie that Santa wasn't real any longer. The magic of Christmas was now gone.

I was sitting at home last night thinking about how difficult its been for me to reconnect with God over the last couple of days. Perhaps it was the allergies that kept me from visiting my blogging friends and missing out on comments that just aren't coming any longer, or perhaps I came to the conclusion that no matter how hard you try, people just don't understand what your expectations are of them. So you get discouraged.

Take for example our current situation. Here is is 3 weeks out and still no sign of a job in site for Steve. Yes, we are collecting unemployment but the first 7 days of your job loss you get no money and the state pays for 2 weeks only , three week later. So our first check arrived last week for one week. We won't see our next one until the first week of July.

It's hard sometimes to see what the future holds in store for us. So yesterday I became a bit discouraged of seeing all our money going out and really nothing coming back in. Steve isn't sleeping much and it's hard to keep a sunshine outlook on life when nothing seems to change.

So last night, I prayed to God after he showed me this post I am typing right now. That all prayer is answered.

Sure we know the answers, "Yes!", "No!" and the one we all hate is "Wait!"

Yet the wait will eventually become a Yes or a No.

Then God revealed the Christmas present idea and told me that if He allowed me to glimpse that job that is waiting for Steve, I would be so happy for it now but would soon lose the luster it would have to get a much awaited phone call saying the job is offered, or an interview scheduled.

God is waiting for the perfect time to surprise us both.

And you know what, God's presents are truly worth waiting for. SO wait patiently on God.

Don't give up hope, because the best kind of prize is a Surprise, from our heavenly Father!


Denise said...

Amen sis, that is the atitude we should all have. I love you, and I am praying without ceasing for you.

Laurie! said...

Thank you for this. My husband and I are also going through some rough times. He is a teacher and as of now, does not have a teaching job for next year. We can't afford COBRA or health insurance through my employer, so we're looking for cheap private insurance. And we just bought a townhouse so we have a mortgage to pay. And then today, my husband was in a car accident and now we have to get his car fixed. Things just keep piling up on us and I'm worried about money but hopefully there is a good surprise waiting for us and we'll get to it soon. Good luck to you and your husband!

Just Be Real said...

Hoping to receive more unexpected surprises more often in the future. Thanks for sharing Kat. Blessings.

Mari said...

What a wonderful revelation! It makes perfect sense, and although it's still hard waiting, you can rest secure in the fact that it's all under control. God has a plan!
This makes me think of 2 Corinthians 1:20, where it says "No matter how many promises God has made, they are all YES in Christ". Isn't that great?

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweetie, Isn't it good that the Lord doesn't give into our desires immediately but picks the perfect time to bless us. My experiences as a child mirror yours-I found presents and also a Santa now I never want to even guess what a gift is before hand. Please know that I am always reading your posts, even when time doesn't allow for comments. Also, email me if you ever have special prayer requests or are feeling discouraged-I'd love to lift you up.
You are such a blessing to me and so many others, may His blessings be poured out on you and Steve.
Hugs & love,

LV said...

Amen! Hang in there.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I was definitely meant to read this post. I am trying to get a few things done when I saw your blog post title. I was drawn to reading it. I'm glad I did. I have struggled with being unemployed since July. It is frightening, discouraging, depressing and confusing. I feel like my life is in limbo until I find a stable paying job.

I appreciate you so much for sharing all of this. It really struck a chord for me.

I'm praying for your husband. I know how tough it is. I do.

Darcie said...

I guess I have been away from blog land to long, and didn't realize all that was going on with your family. Keep strong Kat and keep grounded in faith. What a wonderful post and a great way to look at what may be in store of you both.

Dogmom Diva said...

Kat, what an awesome post. I did not know that Steve was not working..unfortunately he is not alone in that..but good things are always ahead so keep that wrapped up in your mind ok..
try the Stater bro brand of raisin bran crunch, purple box..usually 2 for $5..delish!

He & Me + 3 said...

That is wonderful and so true. The waiting is super hard but His ways and gifts are always the best. They are right on time...His time.

Kelly Combs said...

Wise words! I am so sorry for Steve's job loss, but glad that God is speaking to you, so you know he has the Master's plan.

Loren said...

Kat ~ Love it when the Lord brings us revelation and it calms our hearts, minds and spirits! I know HE has it all in HIS hands Jer 29:11 continues to come to my heart right now for you guys and keeping your minds set on HIM ~ HE will encourage you with HIS Word, and the Holy Spirit will guide you with each new day!

Love you and praying for you guys!

Seizing My Day said...

Kat I have been MIA with end of the year overload ~ I had no idea your family was going through this!! God's timing is always amazingly perfect ~ and sometimes he shows us the most amazing things during what we consider the roughest of times... my heart is with you ... "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God".. Phil. 4:6 I live by these verses! anxiety is my middle name! but God wants us to relax, trust and be thankful we are in His hands!! =) Hugs!!

Goose Hill Farm said...

God's timing is always perfect! Praying for all of you, sweet friend!


Anonymous said...

Amen my friend! You are so right in what you say! God has heard your prayers, and He has answered them, all He asks of you is to just wait patiently until He feels the time is right.
Stay strong, and DON'T stop praying.
(((((BIG HUGS)))))

Beth E. said...

We know all too well about losing jobs and dealing with unemployment. My husband went through that four years was horrible.

Praying for you and Steve, trusting that God has chosen the perfect gift for him!

I have not been blogging very much has gotten much busier, not allowing the time necessary to post or to visit other blogs the way I used to do. I think a lot of people are in the same boat.

Blessings to you and Steve! May God provide every physical, financial, and spiritual need in your lives.


Beth E. said...

P.S. By "gift" for Steve I meant "job"...thought I'd better make sure that wasn't misunderstood! ;-)

GraceGal said...

I love your illustration and what God showed you. In other words, He has a plan and won't you be surprised and delighted! I am keeping that in mind. Your mention of allergies struck a cord with me because of my struggle with food allergies. Today is one of those days when my head is hurting from something I ate. When you are hurting physically it makes the load even heavier. God has been asking me lately, "Can you praise Me on this mountain?" Only by His grace. Glad I visited here.

Crown of Beauty said...

I'm praising God with you, Dear Kat, for that surprise.

Yes, I'm standing in prayer and thanksgiving with you...dear Kat. With you, I have already thanked God in advance for how He will reveal His goodness to you and your family.