Several years ago I was talking with friends and sharing some of the details of my life. Apparently, I made the following statement as I did so: “You can’t surprise God.”
Several weeks later, I received a call from one of the friends. She told me that she’d been thinking about something I’d shared and she had a really big problem with it. I asked her to continue. Her response: “You said that we can’t surprise God! I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that! I like the idea that I am free to make up my own mind and my own decisions on the spur of the moment. I’m not sure I like the idea of a God who already knows how I’m going to think/decide/respond to things that I haven’t even had happen yet.”
I laughed. (Yes, I know. It probably wasn’t really nice of me to do that.)
I laughed because I knew just how she felt, but it didn’t change anything—and I told her that. God DOES know…and frankly, that’s one of the things I find most comforting about Him.
I don’t serve a God who has to run through multiple options to help me choose the right thing at any given time. I have a God who KNOWS. I have a God who is already prepared for me and my questions, my concerns and my mis-steps. Since He already knows the back story details and all of the future options I will face in addition to the current jumble of questions running through my mind, He doesn’t have to be delayed in His responses to me. He can guide me in the way that He has chosen as best for me.
Oh, trust me, I’ve taken the other road often enough to know that He didn’t create automatons who are here to simply follow Him blindly. I’ve also taken the right ones…even the uncomfortable right ones…enough to trust that He always has my best interest at heart.
As we talked I was reminded of all the times God had allowed me the time to process things that He already knew so that I would become more adept at reading His will. I was reminded of all the ways I could see Him more clearly because I’ve had experience recognizing His fingerprints in my world and the almost neon-like road posts He places to guide us in the right directions.
I find that I am especially grateful for that today. I need His answers and I love that He not only knows that, but that He’s prepared the very questions that I’m asking! He’s molding my thought processes and He’s working to make me more like His Son. He’s in control…and the best part of it all: He does all of this because He loves me!
No, we can’t surprise God, but He’s in the business of surprising us all the time. The next time you’re unsure of what you should do, ask Him to open your eyes to see all the ways He’s already prepared the right path ahead of you in order to make it easier in your future. You just might be surprised at what YOU see!