The God of Sweet Surprises
They were filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”
– Luke 7:16
Last year, I visited my sister in Chicago and she surprised me with a ticket to Hamilton. I told her I really wanted to see the musical and she decided to purchase tickets for my birthday. It was an amazing surprise.
Jesus surprised a widow one day also. The story is recorded in Luke 7:11-17. Jesus goes to a town called Nain where He is met by a funeral procession. Not far from the dead young man was his mother, who was also a widow. By burying her husband and now her son, she was going to be destitute as there was no source of income or protection for this woman. I can picture her sobbing uncontrollably. I can almost see her empty heart that was devoid of any hope.
But something amazing happened that day. Jesus comes into town and steps on the scene and surprises everyone including the widow. The Bible tells us that Jesus felt her pain and saw her empty heart. It says: “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Can you imagine that?? Christ’s heart went out to her. He saw her and felt her pain. He cared about her tears and her loss. So much so that He raised her son to life and gave him back to her. And she didn’t even ask Jesus to do it. He did it because “his heart went out to her.”
The response by the crowd (and her I’m sure), was that everyone was filled with awe and praised God. It was overwhelming to them that God would raise her son to life without her even praying or asking for it. He just wonderfully surprised her. I call stories like these, God’s sweet surprises.
God loves to step into situations in our dark moments and wonderfully surprise us. It may not be as dramatic as raising someone from the dead, but He may surprise us with a peace far greater than our circumstance. He may surprise us with finances that we never expected to receive. Or He may surprise us with a blessing we were not expecting.
In these moments, I pray that you will see God’s sweet surprises in your life. Ask Him to show you the unexpected blessings He is sending your way.
Pray: Lord, please open my eyes to see the blessings you are sending my way. Lord help me to see Your presence and power in my situation and my everyday life. In Jesus Name I pray.
Director of Women’s Ministry
First Baptist Broken Arrow | Community Baptist Coweta