My sons are terrible at surprises. “Get dressed”, I tell them. They ask where we’re going. “It’s a surprise”. It’s never a bad thing; I know my sons, and we always go to some great place where they love the activity or food. But they don’t stop. They almost whine about it. They just have to know.
It’s a sentiment I fully understand. In 2 Corinthians 6-7 Paul says, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” When I read this, I never think, “trust God because what I can see is not early as good is what He is doing”. Instead I take a “we’ll see” attitude, asking God to prove that what He, the Creator and Author of all things, has in store for me is better than what my narrow mind had already planned. And yet, like the surprises I have for my children, He has never let me down. When I allow His control, in hindsight I can see that the path I would have taken would have been either mediocre or downright disastrous compared to allowing Him to make my paths straight.
This week I encourage you to find the ways in which you are begging God to tell you His surprises, depending on your eyes and peeking through your fingers instead of having total faith that God’s purposes will be much better than what you have planned.