Yes, I know I live in the Midwest. And of course, I know it's still winter. But no matter what the forecast said, I should have remembered that God likes to keep us on our toes. You know, sunny and fifty degrees one day, and snow with below zero temps the next.
What I wasn't anticipating were the geraniums outrageously blooming on our back porch the day of cold and snow. Aren't they beautiul!
I think surprises are God's way of demonstrating His power, and His sense of humor. Scripture is full of God's handiwork catching someone off guard.
Take a look at this guy:
28 Then God gave speech to the donkey. She said to Balaam: “What have I ever done to you that you have beat me these three times?”
29 Balaam said, “Because you’ve been playing games with me! If I had a sword I would have killed you by now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your trusty donkey on whom you’ve ridden for years right up until now? Have I ever done anything like this to you before? Have I?”
He said, “No.”
31 Then God helped Balaam see what was going on: He saw God’s angel blocking the way, brandishing a sword. Balaam fell to the ground, his face in the dirt.
Numbers 22:28-31 MSG
The biggest surprise? Balaam had a conversation WITH THE DONKEY! Are you kidding me? AND, if that wasn't enough to get his attention, the Lord still had to help "Balaam see what was going on".
Dear Reader, please don't think I believe God uses talking donkeys everyday. I do believe He will use whatever it takes to get our attention, even something as small as blooms in winter.
Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them.
Isaiah 30:18 TLB