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The Surprised Life

The Lord your God is with you,

He is mighty to save. 

He will take great delight in you, 

He will quiet you with His love, 

He will rejoice over you with singing. 

-Zephaniah 3:17

The King of the Universe take great delight in me. The King of the Universe takes great delight in you. Just try to let that sink in. I’m still trying to comprehend that mystery.

A couple weeks ago, I was spending some alone time with Jesus and decided to stop talking to Him and give Him a chance to talk to me. Right before I dropped her bbccb096a030adb763bbd939c69f8c44off at the airport, Valerie Elliot Shepard (daughter of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot) encouraged me to take time to be still in the presence of God and listen for His voice. So I did. Just 9 measly minutes. But He spoke. Not in a loud audible voice, but in a quiet heart voice. He reminded me that He is my source of joy…but then He went one step further. He made clear to me that He gets joy from doing things that will bring me joy. 

Did you catch that? 

The King of the Universe receives joy when He gives me joy.

My Heavenly Father rejoices when He gets to surprise and delight His children.

He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

And so this idea of the “surprised life” began stirring in my soul. 

I want to be ever on the lookout for God’s marvelous surprises. It’s not a question that they’re there…it’s just a matter of me recognizing the surprises. 

The greatest surprise of all is that the King of the Universe came to earth as a baby, lived a faultless life, died on my behalf, rose in His power, and did all that so I can be reconciled to God. And now He delights in spending time with me. This relationship cost Him His life, yet He loved me enough to sacrifice His life. That’s a mind-blowing surprise and I still haven’t quite recovered from that…still living in the aftermath of a heart radically transformed by grace.

a75df1b17cfd7ad5bb586ce086dfbcd9So peel your eyes away from the screens and the to-do lists today…look up. Log off Facebook, forget about Instagram, disregard Twitter…stop comparing yourself to the “presented” versions of your friends on social media. Stop wishing for another life. This is your life. This. Right now.

And get excited that this is your life. Have a childlike faith that your Father is waiting to surprise you. He longs to be gracious to you. His mercies are new every morning. 

Join me in living the surprised life.

Jesus gives the best surprises

Surprised by this God who delights in bringing us joy. (Zeph. 3:17)

Surprised by this King who bends down and listens to us. (Psalm 116:2)

Surprised by this Father who rises to show us compassion. (Isaiah 30:18)

Keep your eyes open, dear friends, and watch in awe and wonder as this King delights in you today. 

You are so loved.


God’s grace in my life:

He replaces discontentment with joy. The solution to discontentment isn’t getting what you want. It’s realizing you already have what you need. My ultimate need is Jesus. And Jesus is here. Jesus loves me. Whether I feel it or not, the truth remains: my needs have been met- fully satisfied by my Jesus. I will always have a reason for a joy and a reason to sing. JESUS is my reason for joy and my reason to sing. May I never stop preaching the gospel to myself.