So I started to title this blog before I wrote it… And the best I was coming up with was “God’s Unexpected Acts” or “The Inexplicability of God” or even “God Moments” ….
Then I realized that no matter what I called it, you would all understand exactly what I meant: Those moments when something so odd happens that you know it has to be God moving but you just aren’t sure why or how or where its going to lead to!
My life has been filled with them lately…. meetings and conversations with colleagues that could lead to such unexpected places! reconnecting unexpectedly with part of my family! learning new things about people I think I know well – or about people I didn’t even know I wanted to know! even crises and triumphs in the social and political spheres that surround us all!
Such things can’t be controlled – creating serendipity would make it NOT be serendipity, after all! But we can create an atmosphere where the unexpected can reach us. Put ourselves out there where the unexpected, the serendipitous, the inexplicable can bump into us!
I think that’s what God did in creation: created something that could grow and expand and change so that, yes, there would be this pattern – a rhythmic rise and fall – but there would also a syncopation – a change of timing, an irregularity – that would allow space for something new and exciting to happen! Just in case we got bored – or started to think God was too small to create anything but routine.
While none of you reading this know if you are included in my unexpectedness lately, just trust that you probably are. And I love you for it! You’re reminding me of my spiritual need for allowing God to move in unexpected ways – and that I need to move in that unpredictable flow, as well!
I pray your summer is providing you with some unexpected God moments and that you are able to enjoy them as much as I am!