My daughter used to work at an advertising agency: an environment abounding in creativity. While there, she received a thoughtful note of appreciation from David Culp, one of her cohorts, who later became her business mentor. As a proud daddy, it melted my heart; as a praying man, it challenged my trust in God. Was I willing to be surprised by the Big Guy?
“Many years ago, I had a crazy-brilliant creative partner. Lives in Woodstock, NY, now. We’re still friends. We were a very tight-knit team. Sometimes, when we were on the road and eating at great restaurants—this was in the days of outrageous expense accounts—when it was time to order, my partner would tell the waiter, “Surprise me.” He wouldn’t give a hint about his tastes, wouldn’t answer any questions. Just “Surprise me.” I’ve done that a few times myself, and it’s really fun. The waiters love it, too.?
Well, sometime last year, I realized something: I’ll trust a waiter to surprise me, with the full expectation that it’s going to be a great experience, but I wasn’t trusting God to surprise me. I’d be real specific about what I’d pray for, as if there were reason to be suspicious of anything outside the realm of what I could imagine I needed. So finally I started saying, sometimes, to God, “Surprise me. I’ll let You decide what You think’s good today.”?
AND SURPRISE ME HE HAS. IT’S BEEN ONE ASTONISHMENT AFTER ANOTHER. YOU’RE ONE OF THEM. AT A TIME WHEN I REALLY NEEDED A KINDRED SPIRIT AND A CHALLENGING INTELLECT IN MY LIFE, IN YOU DROPPED OUT OF THE BLUE—SUCH A COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED PERSON AND IN SUCH AN UNEXPECTED WAY. A WONDERFUL SURPRISE I COULD NEVER HAVE DESIGNED?
The specifics I would ask God for are so dull and uncreative compared to His surprises. This is fun. I’m grateful. Thank you.”
So what do you think? Are you ready to tell God “surprise me” next time you pray? You know it would be a total delight for God to hear you say this and knowing He's our loving Father you can be sure He'll respond to you in special ways you may have never expected.?