Warm rays caressing my eyes, the sun greets me with the promise of a brilliant Saturday morning. Inviting me into my cozy arm chair, I linger over my morning coffee. Closing my eyes, hugging my warm cup, He’s there. Inviting me into the joy of embracing the treasure of the unexpected day unfolding before me.
How I covet my Saturday mornings with the Lover of my soul.
Weekdays allow us mere scraps of time. A 4:30 alarm signals the start of each day. A whispered good morning, a routine cup of coffee; I sink into my favorite chair, Bible upon my lap. I breathe in his presence, but we dare not linger; for the loud tick of the wall clock reminds us the day’s schedule ruthlessly beckons.
But Saturday gifts us with an unhurried rendezvous, where time has no dictate.
A smile touches my lips, as my hand caresses the pages of my open Bible, in anticipation of embracing the treasure He has for me. Suddenly, my phone lights up with my daughter’s name: a quick glance at the time confirms this is no casual chat.
embracing the unexpected
Creatures of habit, we pursue the predictable; schedule, plan, and generally keep things moving smoothly along. Acknowledging unexpected events may happen, we purchase insurance, save for a rainy day, or incorporate margin into otherwise busy schedules.
Yet, nothing sends me into a tailspin faster than an unexpected twist or turn to my day. Even more discouraging, a detour affecting my anticipated life’s journey, often ushers in paralyzing grief.
God often invites me into the Joy of embracing the treasure of the unexpected in my day, but I rarely submit to His leading.
On this particular day, I confess upon hearing my daughter’s request to accompany her to the emergency room with my two-year old granddaughter Grace; dread took the upper hand.
While forced to embrace the unexpected, “treasure” was the last thing on my mind as we entered triage and saw the troubled look on the pediatrician’s face.
Join me over at Embracing the Unexpected where I share the rest of my story of finding not only hope, but embracing the treasure God had for us in the unexpected. I am delighted to be a part of my dear friend, Maree Dee’s Summer series, “How to Embrace the Unexpected and Persevere: Real Life Stories.”