What a Surprise

>> Sunday, July 15, 2012

It was a lovely evening. Our small group had gathered for a social in the back yard of the leader’s home. The invite had included “bring your swimming suits, the pool is ready”. After a time of cooling off in the water (for some of us that meant only dangling our feet at the edge of the pool), it was time to eat.
Tables were set up in the grass … each with its own umbrella … to protect us from the sun. We filled our plates and moved to the tables with our food and drinks. Conversations filled the air as each table had a different topic they were discussing. Laughter and joking … stories about kids and trips … and then …
The sprinklers came on.
Shrieks filled the air as we made a mad dash to the concrete poolside. As we stood there, wet clothes and sodden food, the shock began to wear off. That wasn’t exactly how we planned to end the meal. But all was good. No one was injured … there was plenty of food to re-fill the plates … and none of us melted.

But life can be like that. We are enjoying each day … taking time for friends and playtime. Then out of the blue … the sprinklers come on. Oh, not literally, but suddenly our life is wet and sodden. We make a mental dash to safety … complete with complaining … or maybe discouragement.

That wasn’t how we planned it.

Sometimes it’s as simple as turning off the sprinkler. But many times it takes a process of sorting … counseling … support of friends … or maybe laughter … to come to the understanding that we didn’t melt. Tomorrow … or next week … or next month life would go on and we could laugh again.

One day he and his disciples got in a boat. "Let's cross the lake," he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
Getting to his feet, he told the wind, "Silence!" and the waves, "Quiet down!" They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" Luke 8:22-25 (MSG)

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