As we walked, sweat drenched our clothes and the humidity in the air made it hard to take a full breath. My daughter and I had just gone for a walk around our rural 4-mile square. It was nothing out of the ordinary but in the heat of the day, God revealed himself in the most surprising way!
It's the time of year when monarch caterpillars are hatching and can be found on milkweed that grows wild in the side ditches. In an attempt to keep my mind off of the sun beating on my brow, I looked for a caterpillar. I was focused, rarely taking my eyes off of the center of the ditch. One mile passed. Then two. Still no caterpillar. I turned to talk to my daughter and when I looked back, I noticed a small purple petunia growing right up along the cornfield. I shrieked, "Look, a wild petunia right here in the middle of nowhere!" Now that may not sound like much, but in the midst of miles of Indiana cornfields and green ditch weed, a pop of purple color is definitely a wonderful surprise. We continued on when all at once I squealed, "Em, a white one and a pink and white striped one!"
Now isn't that just like our God to surprise us with wonderful little blessings? He is constantly wooing us and setting little blessings before us. But isn't it just like us to get so focused on what we want that we forget to look for His little surprises?
Today I challenge you to look for God's little surprises. They may come in the form of a flower, a call from a friend, an insurance rebate, or that miracle you've been praying to see. With eyes wide open, go expectantly into this day looking for the surprise blessings from God!
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3