Pleasantly Surprised

Well, this might come to a shock to those who claim to know me.  The one pet-peeve that I have is SURPRISES.  Yes, you guessed it I do not enjoy walking blind into a situation with a bunch of my family, friends, and strangers who are looking to catch me off guard in order to bring a smile on my face.  The surprises that I choose to welcome are the ones that I have to ask myself “How in the world did God pull that off?”

This weekend was one of those precious moments where God truly surprised me.  About 8 years ago I was entrusted with a Copy of “Good and Evil” by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy, 1000 Pearl Road, Pleasantville, TN 37033, http://nogreaterjoy.org/magazine/   I was at a low point in my life, and because of this God was able to use this ministry and others to help me grow.  I asked them for the book and promised to pay for it once I got out of prison.

Several months ago it was pressed upon my heart to reach out to No Greater Joy and fulfil my obligation as a good steward and repay them for their act of kindness towards me.  This was done and at the time I felt good doing it.

The other day I was clearing off some of the so-called junk-mail that had piled up on my desk.  From time to time I glance through some of this stuff with the intentions of moving them from my desk to the circler file.  This weekend was no different.  I Picked up the No Greater Joy Magazine and the two things that caught my eyes were the title and the little girl with her gleaming smile on the cover of the MAR-APR 2015 edition.  Please check out this Magazine at the site listed above and you will see just what I’m referencing.  So, I picked up the magazine to take a look inside.  As I thumbed through I quickly discovered what it was that made me want the book 8 years ago.  There was an array of colorful messages.

Then I was hit with the unexpected:  In the middle of the magazine on the page titled “From Our Mailbox” on page 28, was a an article that shared the words from the letter I had written to them recently as well as a little bit about my story.  The first thing that I spotted on this page was a picture of me.  I was looking at me in this publication and had to stop and process what all this was about.  God had pulled it off…. I was pleasantly surprised.

By choosing to do the right things for the right reasons, look to be pleasantly surprised.