The Element of Surprise

Today, I was the recipient of two unexpected (and good) surprises. Allow me to explain:

I was minding my own business when unexpectedly, I received a telephone call from a friend with whom I have not spoken in some months (nothing was the matter – our lives simply became busy). Anyway, in her message (I listened to her voicemail later that morning), she said, “I just wanted to call and say hello and let you know that I love you! Let’s meet up soon – maybe next week? Talk to you soon. I love you!”

Wow! I was touched. But that was only the first thing.

Also that morning, I received a knock on my door. As a matter of safety, I do not answer my front door when I am not expecting company (and I wasn’t). I figured that the person at the door was likely selling something, and I really did not want to be bothered. So I kept myself busy with a project for the next few hours.

Later, in the afternoon, I headed out and noticed that there was a somewhat hefty FedEx envelope sitting next to my door. I checked the sender’s return address label, and the package was from someone I knew. Curious, I opened it on the spot.

Inside the parcel was a lovely engraved journal, along with a thank you note. Again, I was so touched! I texted the sender and expressed my thanks immediately. What a kind gesture!

So, as I reflected on these two unexpected yet delighteful experiences, the folloiwng verse came to mind:


With both of these people, they simply lived out what this verse encourages us all to do: Do good and share it with others. I was blessed to be the recipient of their goodness today – not once, but twice – such kindness encouroages me to do the same to others. That’s surely a reason for gratitude, no?

Dear Lord, thanks for working in the hearts of these people so that they were prompted to show such unexpected kindness to me! I appreciate them both so very much. 🙂 I ask that You place Your favor on each person, and grant each woman the desires of her heart, in  accordance with Your good purposes and perfect timing. In Your name I pray, Amen.

9 thoughts on “The Element of Surprise

  1. This brought a big smile to my face. Always a joy receiving a package in the post, especially when it’s unexpected. My sister lives in Germany and I try to surprise her with a package every so often!

    Sounds like you’ve got some lovely friends. That’s precious!

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  2. What goes around comes around. I am sure you do many good things for others so many good things come back your way.

    Last week there was a farmer harvesting potatoes and I asked him if I could pick up the ones left in the field. He graciously agreed. I went home to get some buckets. When I got to the field I gave him a big jar of our home made pickles and another of our home made chili sauce. In gratitude he dumped ten bushel baskets for me. We have been sharing them with others all week long and still have plenty for ourselves. It is great to share and it is Godly.

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    1. What a beautiful illustration of generosity! When we are generous – recognizing that everything belongs to the Lord, anyway – I believe that our actions honor the Lord. Sometimes – not always – He’ll send along an unexpected blessing that really touch my heart. It sounds like you can fully empathize.

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  3. I recently was struck by this verse: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27). I’ve really taken this to heart to act on those nice thoughts and intentions I have. Why not spread some joy when we can, right? It’s beautiful to be on the receiving end of kindness, but a double blessing to be the giver. ♡

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