There’s really very little in life that should come as a surprise if we are living with our eyes wide open, trusting our intuition, and listening. Everything that happens has happened before in time, in space, to someone.The danger comes in living as if we are the exception to pain. The element of surprise lurks in our belief that we are somehow different. Not to steal anyone’s thunder, but we are all the same. Each one of us composed of flesh and bones. Each one of us capable of good and evil.
What should really surprise us is when we live unscathed, when things are easy and all is well. And for those times, we should be thankful, rest in them, make peace in them, lavish on others all the love we have to give during those times. Instead of being surprised by the unexpected and unwelcome hardships we each encounter, let’s be surprised, instead, by the grace afforded each of us to get through it.
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When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. Ecclesiastes 7:14