Sometimes things happen in life you don’t expect.
Like how my husband and I came home the other day to find that our shower door had fallen off and crashed to the floor in a million pieces — and I don’t just say “a million pieces” for dramatic effect. I mean that the combination of the glass door, the travertine tile and the force in which the door dropped to the ground came together in this stupid, perfect storm that manifested in glass shards and glass dust we’re still finding, a week later.
We weren’t expecting that.
(and who would, by the way — have you ever heard of a shower door falling out of it’s track?)
We also weren’t expecting to be flying to Portland, Oregon this week to visit my family. We expected we would at some point, definitely, but we didn’t think that it would be now, weeks before the launch of Shoreline Church, and we didn’t expect it to be for this unfortunate reason — my dad is having open heart surgery.
That came out of nowhere.
Just like his Cardiac Arrest this past March.
I didn’t expect that I would be working at Starbucks in this season of my life, and I especially didn’t expect that I would be enjoying it, or aspects of it at least. If you would have asked me a year ago, cozy in my little apartment in Portland, I wouldn’t have had any concept of the people I would meet, co-workers and customers, who would impact my life.
I couldn’t have imagined how I would impact theirs.
In fact, if we’re backing up a year, I have to acknowledge that a year ago I had no idea I would be living in Florida, or that I would be married, or that I would be planting a church with my husband. I didn’t know that we would be co-owners of Prodigal Magazine because, well, I barely even knew my husband.
A year ago this month I spoke to him on the phone for the first time.
He was a man I respected, but I didn’t know who he would become to me.
That was really unexpected.
And I didn’t know when I married him, four months later, and moved my stuff to Florida, that the dear friend of mine who planned our wedding would, eventually, move with us. I didn’t know that she would move in with us, that she would become a part of our lives and ministry.
She has been the most unexpected blessing to me.
And speaking of moving, recently we moved into a new apartment, and I didn’t have any idea when we set out looking that a place as existed as beautiful as this one. We were on a budget, and we had looked at so many already, and I don’t know, I guess I just had it in my mind that we were going to end up some place boring.
And now every morning, when I wake up and look out the window, I’m reminded that life is full of the unexpected –
And that that’s actually a good thing.
Question: What has been unexpected in your life lately?