“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:25-26)
It had been quite a while, maybe two or three years, since the little plants had been stuck in the sandy soil in our back yard area. Succulents are slow growing, so I wasn’t surprised they didn’t fill in quickly. And never had I seen these plants bloom, so it didn’t cross my mind that they might one day flower.
One rainy morning I looked out and there were stalks springing up. One of them had a cluster of buds that were beginning to open. The tiny star shaped white blooms were so lovely. It was one of those small suddenlies. Didn’t see it coming!
We wait for things in our lives, some spoken desires and some kept secretly in our hearts. And one day God — who knows us completely inside and out — breaks on the scene and things are different. Suddenly. And you didn’t even see it coming.
“Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for unexpected sunshine” (tweet by Nicky Gumbel). Those ‘suddenlies’. The times you didn’t see it coming. God is faithful; He will show up and his timing is perfect.
That’s good news.
“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” (Acts 9:3)
“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)
Irish Thursday Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy
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