I’ve been thinking a lot about people who don’t like surprises, mainly because I am one of them. But recently, I have been asking God to surprise me.
If I was standing on the edge of a cliff with the wind blowing in my face and the rain crashing down like in a Hollywood film, I would scream “SURPRISE ME!” at the top of my lungs.
Because I’d like God to challenge my plans and ideals of the good life. I have recently handed over my dream of owning “a big beautiful house” to him. I told God, I’m not going to think about it.
I’m not going to Page One to flip through the hardcover design books. I’m not going to Kinokuniya to ogle at the prefab houses in America, where land is aplenty and the suburban dream is well and alive.
And if I see a beautiful house in a film or when I’m on the bus passing through, I’m going to say, “Oohhh I like that! You take care of that.” Life with God is very exciting – you never know what you’re going to get.
So here are some characteristics of people who don’t like surprises:
• They like going to the same restaurant and ordering the same thing everytime
• They like going to IKEA because they always know what they’re gonna get
• They like telling others what they want for Christmas
• Ultimately, they like to be in control of their lives
Hey darling! Really enjoyed reading your blogs as I always visit when I am chilling out in the room with my laptop while Reuben works on his essay :)
Very thought provoking, funny and fresh too :)
Just thought to share with you as a respond to this blog; as you yield yourself to the One and only One who knows the end from the beginning, brace yourself with loads and loads of surprises! ( ‘Yielding’ to the Lord is like we are driving a car on a fast lane, we slow down, look into the rear mirror and then move swiftly into the lane you want to get in. We slow down to see what the Lord is doing, and then synchronize with Him.)
This also means that we need to unlearn and relearn many many things that we once so tightly and firmly believed to be true, including our identity.
Our identity releases us into our destiny. So in a way, many of the things that we think we know about ourselves are no longer true when we are in Christ. He has given us a new beginning and a whole new page to paint our life story. You and I have our first page as we surrendered our very lives to Him on that very day we asked Him to be our Lord and Saviour. He needs to be Lord of all or He will not be Lord at all.
I know God has many adventures for us. The challenge is always to trust in Him enough and have faith to take a step forward into the unknown and allow Him to lead us, one step at a time. We do not yet fully know who we are until we know who we are in Christ.
Keep shining, Wan Phing! You are an amazing woman of God, I am sure He will continue to shower you with more surprises that you can imagine, but surely there is a cost that precedes that, the cost of following the One who loves us and to allow His love, plans and purposes to invade into every areas of our lives, thoughts and hearts.
Miss you lots here,
Cheng Lu x x x
if only my (now) ex gf understands this.