Our presuppositions about life and what’s coming next are often taken too seriously, kind of like using a road atlas. You assume that it’s absolutely correct and that it contains all that there is to know about every bend in the road. However, it’s not until you’re driving down that road – off of the paper – that you actually discover that hidden, unmarked scenic overlook or that surprisingly delicious greasy spoon or that detour that actually takes you down the higher road.
When we come to those “unexpecteds” in our lives, we’re surprised. We’re baffled at how we couldn’t see them coming through the fog of our expectations. We think that we have the perfect route figured out. But the God “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” isn’t surprised. And those peace-yielding surprises confound our own wisdom and point our hearts to Him in praise – in awe of his timing and in wonder of his ways.