God Walks With Us Through Life’s Surprises

8102465669_6712ae0022_zWonder what God has in store for you this year? You may have a general idea because of things already planned or in the works, but none of us can truly know how the details of our plans may play out. None can predict the twists and turns we’ll encounter along the way. And then, of course, things will come that will catch us by total surprise.

Last year in early January, I knew I was going to be a grandmother again, but God had a surprise of gigantic proportions up his divine sleeve.

By late in the month, we found out that our new grandbaby was in fact twins! And what made it even more amazing is that they would be our second set of twin grandbabies in just two years. That’s right, we went from no grandchildren to four grandchildren in the space of nineteen months. And they were all twins to boot! And not only that, but miracle babies in the face of infertility issues. What are the chances? A surprise only God could have ordained for sure.

We never know what God might have planned for us. My story is a perfect example. Just a little over two years ago, I would never have guessed the miraculous turn of events God had in store for our family.

Has my life changed as a result of these surprise events? You bet. I am indeed busier than ever, but I’m also experiencing more love and joy than I could have ever dreamed. And God’s with me each step of the way, rejoicing with me and giving me strength.

Of course, not all the surprises that come our way are good ones, are they? Three years ago last October, I got an unexpected call that changed my life forever. My mom had been in a car accident and just a few days later she died. And some of you—or some of your loved ones—may have at some point received an unwelcome diagnosis that left you reeling. Some may have found out that your teen daughter or son was going to be a parent. Others may have been received notice that you were no longer needed at your job. And the list goes on. Unwelcome surprises can come in many forms.

So even though we don’t know everything God has in store for us this year, one thing we can count on is that he will walk with us through each unexpected event, whether good or bad. None of it will catch him by surprise. He will be ready to rejoice with us when we rejoice and weep with us when we weep. As scripture promises, he will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

With the promise of his constant companionship in mind, let’s look forward to the good surprises headed our way and not worry about the possibility of bad ones. God’s got our backs whatever comes.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7:14a NIV

*What surprises has life held for you in recent days or years?

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out in early February. One lucky subscriber (new or current) will receive a Starbucks gift card and a signed copy of my book to use personally, to give as a gift, or donate to a library. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by nixter, Creative Commons License


  1. Hi Cheryl – Life has been full of surprises along the way for me and my family. But even when facing challenges God has been with us all the way.
    Best wishes for 2017.

  2. Cheryl,

    It’s so exciting about your new set of twin grandbabies! I am excited for you.

    Sad with you too at this three year anniversary of your mom’s death. She would have been so proud of you getting your book published this year! I wonder what gone loved ones can see. :)

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Oh Jennifer, I have sure wanted to share the publication of my book with my mom — and like you said, I know she would be so proud. Thanks for thinking of that and mentioning it. Appreciate you!

  3. Cheryl, so many big changes in the few years we have been friends in both of our lives. Your Mom, Don’s accident, 2 sets of twins, your book, my bro-in-law, my book, a trip to Israel. . . life can be hard, good, exciting, rarely boring. The hard stuff makes us look ahead to eternity; the good stuff makes us thankful for the here and now.

    • Jana, our lives have indeed been full the past few years, haven’t they? I love how you sum up the hard stuff and the good stuff — looking ahead to eternity yet thankful for the here and now. Blessings to you, my friend!

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