“Things don’t always end up the way you picture them, but sometimes…
They can end up even better, if you give them a chance.” (Martha Kent)
I find it easy to get my heart set on things sometimes. How many times have I thought that I knew exactly what would be the very best thing for my life, only to find out that God had something very different in mind? To list all of my unexpected blessings would take a long, long time, but here are a few of my favorites…
There were certain girls that I wanted to be friends with who didn’t want to be friends with me. I wasn’t cool enough, and so I tried to hide my true self, tried to become the person I thought I needed to be in order to fit in. But on one day of my lonely life, when I climbed onto the school bus, the only open seat was next to a girl that I’d never really talked with before. In that one short bus ride to school, the warmth of her love began to shine in my life, and has been shining on me ever since.
There was a certain girl that I was too snobby to be friends with, and yet she waited. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, she waited, and when we finally ended up at camp together as counselors for the summer, my eyes were finally opened to the gift of friendship that she had always been offering to me. She told me she had prayed that someday we’d be friends. And now instead of thinking about the fact that I wasted those 13 years of life when she could have been my friend, I am forever thankful that we’ll be friends for the rest of our lives.
There was a certain boy that I was quite convinced I needed to marry. But while I was waiting for him to figure out if he felt the same way or not, God brought someone completely different into my life. And without me even realizing what was happening, a connection started to grow, and grow, until one day I finally woke up to the fact that I’d been blind to what was there right in front of me. And now he is always there, continually amazing me with his love and patience and goodness. Always gentle, always kind, and I am so glad that God knew what I needed better than I did.
Praise God for the unexpected things in my life – they are the best part!