By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
One of our traditions on New Year’s Day is to head over to one of our favorite coffee houses to reflect on the previous year and goal set for the new year. Well, this year was no different. We sat bundled in our coziest sweaters, sipping on the ever so tasty vanilla latte from Crooked Tree and we started dream planning. My sister in law likes to pick a word for the year, so I think at some point we went around the table and chose a word. I honestly don’t remember if I came up with a one, but if I would have to sum up my year in one word, it would be unexpected.
From unexpected breakthrough that could only be described as “a God thing”, to unexpected heartbreak that brought me to my knees, every unforeseen moment from this year has taught me that I can plan and dream, but only God knows what lies ahead.
I certainly don’t want to relive some of the worst parts of this year, however, as I look back on the past 10 months, I see how God remained faithful. He showed me that unexpected can also mean good surprises, like the raise I received two months in at my new job, or even the most recent raise my husband received. The unexpected showed up in a call from a kind woman with a lead when our pup went missing. The unexpected came through a gift of a trailer from our good friends when ours was stolen. The unexpected came in the form of opportunities and opened doors. They were certainly all good “unexpected” surprises.
I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, but I’ve also learned to expect God’s goodness. Life is going to be full of surprises (both good and bad) and God wants us to learn to accept every unexpected event as an invitation to trust Him and His Word.
And we know, all the things: all the blessings and yes, even the burdens. All the things that feel good and all the things that hurt like hell. God said, “I’m going to use it all for good.”
Last week as I prepared for the Flea Style’s Fall Show, I couldn't help but remember the week from hell as I prepared for Flea Style’s Spring Show earlier this year. (If you don't remember, you can read here.) I feel like I’m on completely different sides of the spectrum this time around. The sayings on my shirts, on my sweaters, on the flannel and denim were all created from my unexpected moments. The way people have connected with them have blown me away. I can’t help but feel so grateful that my life was interrupted – by the unexpected.
Like Abraham, some of us know what it's like to go forth not knowing where we are going. We risk it all and trust God with the unknown future. Abraham, in hope, believed and he became the father of many nations, just as God promised him. It wasn't easy and it surely didn't seem like his wife Sarah would conceive at 90 years old, but he did not waver in his belief. He refused to believe with what his eyes could see. Instead, he chose to hold on to the truth that God would deliver on his promise.
God was faithful to Abraham and God will be faithful to you.
Friends, remember the promise.