I have always loved surprises, especially surprise gifts. There is something about it that speaks to my heart knowing another person took time to create and give just for the sake of caring. This brings strength to the relationship, a pure sense of joy and sometimes healing.
I am now keenly aware of my tendency to design a very detailed, crisp and intricate picture of what I desire in work, relationships, love and family, pre- conceived ideas and molds of what life’s gifts should look like. Then I can recognize them and trust they are exactly what I need and want. It is all very “good”. It gives me a sense of security and expectation, but also a responsibility that looms over my heart and soul.
I have been gently reminded lately to let go of the fabricated belief of control, extreme caution and calculation and in its place, receive the possibility of surprise. Believing in the possibility of surprise has opened up limitless opportunities for me and has given me blessings and fulfillment in ways I only dreamed. The catch is to let go of judging by the outward package and allowing the true gift to be seen over time. After all, the surprise carries with it a message, one that I don’t know I even need.
The “surprise” can be a person, a job opportunity, a revelation, a song, a new belief, a conversation, a party, or a physical gift. It can be a season in life, a loss, forgiveness, nature, a vacation, and it can be wholeness in myself. The creativity of it is beyond me. All these can be presented in a way not familiar, unexpected and timely allowing me to relinquish control, walk in freedom with joy and open up fully to receive…every day!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.