The gospel of Matthew opens with the ancestral lineage of Jesus. Most of us just skim over these verses because, lets face it, its pretty boring, but often, there are surprises hidden within the mundane, and they remain unseen unless we are willing the thin the clutter, and look beneath the surface.
You may be shocked to learn from whom Jesus descended!
I love a good surprise. I love movies and books that end with a crazy twist that you just don’t see coming. I love writers like Stephen King are are masters of this.
Good surprises can also do wonders for stale relationships. Want to create sparks in your love life?…send flowers, write love notes, take them out for an unexpected date, pat their hiney, and grab a few stolen kisses… etc.
We all love these kinds of surprises.
As I read the Bible it seems to me that God also loves surprises. The wonderful stories between Genesis and Revelation are mostly about how God uses the mundane to confound the wise. He uses simple folk like you me to change this world for the better. We become vessels of the Holy Spirit to carry out the plans of His radical love.
Yesterday, my morning devotion just happened to be called, Surprise Me! It opened with a beautiful passage from the book of Ephesians that tells of Christ in our hearts, and how we become spiritually empowered through his love and presence. I’ll attach this scripture at the end with hopes that it will bless you as much as it blessed me.
In this devotion, Cindy Hess Kasper, associate editor for Our Daily Journey, writes,
“Do you like surprises? Would you dare say “Surprise me!” to God? Through out the Bible we read that God delights in doing the unexpected. Jesus’ time on earth was filled with amazing events…He turned water into wine, calmed the storms, healed the sick, and raised the dead. What kind of God do we serve? One who is not confined by our finite imagination. He wants to bless us…He delights in His children who trust Him and are willing to say, “Surprise me, Lord!”
God, open my eyes…Surprise me today!
When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots do down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, and how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we world ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21