surprise me

Sunday was Luke’s 4th birthday.

I sat on the fence, watching our sweet little man hang out with Spiderman, who just happened to drop by.

Not far from him, 20-month-old Josiah ran through the sprinkler, arms in the air, his face crinkled with joy.

Two and half-year-old Audrey twirled as the spray misted down over her.

Utter, child-like joy. 

I want to live my life like that.

Arms open, face upraised. Delighting in the moment and open to the surprises right around the corner.

I know that’s hard to do when you’ve been hurt.

In John 6, the disciples had just watched God perform a miracle.

We want that, too, Jesus. 

I’m paraphrasing, but they’re asking Jesus what they needed to do to be able to perform miracles, too. This was Jesus’ answer.

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

Do you notice how very simple this is?

No long lists.

No requirements.

Believe in me. 

That’s where we begin as well when we are seeking a miracle in our own hearts. It’s child-like faith, but not childish faith. It’s opening our hearts to the possibility that God sees what we cannot.

It’s running forward in anticipation, our hands raised and open.

That day as I watched my grandbabies run and play and laugh, I remembered back to a girl who once felt broken. Who had no idea what believing in Jesus might mean, or how it might change me forever.

If God had shown me the future — the one where I sit on a fence in my fifties, my heart content, I might not have understood that I’d arrive there simply because of . . . Him.

Let’s do this together. Let’s believe and pray this prayer.

Surprise me, God, with what you desire to do inside of me.


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