Seeing The Surprise

I love the Word of God.

Every time I live in a verse or passage of Scripture in the Bible, I find surprises from God that become a treasure for me.

The surprises are often discovered when you notice something significant as you read with purpose.

  • Is there a promise contained in the verse?

    I remember the first time I read Isaiah 41:10. “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This verse has become a promise I count on every time I am challenged with any difficulty in life. I literally open my Bible and read it again, allowing God to surprise me with its power and truth.

  • Is there something God is showing you about His character and ways?

    I have loved again and again the surprise of Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” In that one verse, God has shown me that no matter how impossible the situation appears to me, nothing is impossible to Him. He has a plan and is able to work well beyond what I imagine can happen. God surprises me again and again in life as He does more than I ask or imagine. To God be the glory!

  • Is a word or thought repeated again and again in the chapter?

    One day I decided to live in Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Bible. I noticed the word “revive” was repeated throughout that psalm. I thought, “Lord, I think You have something You want to teach me here.” I spent months in that one psalm, learned about personal spiritual revival, and ended up writing a study, Revive My Heart, as a result. Oh how exciting that surprise was for me in God’s Word.

It’s important to take all the surprises we discover from God in His Word and consider them to be God’s personal Word to us. We need to personalize God’s truth and allow the Lord to apply it to our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Charles Cowman encourages us with these words —

We must make God’s Word our own personal possession. A child was asked once what appropriating faith was, and the answer was, “It is taking a pencil and underscoring all the me’s and mine’s and my’s in the Bible.”
Mrs. Charles Cowman in Streams in the Desert

When I first got my Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens, I just walked around my backyard with my Nikon taking photos of all the plants and flowers. With this macro lens, I saw God’s creation in a whole new way. And I was surprised by things I had never seen before. I’ll never forget capturing some images of this particular desert plant that had all kinds of fun surprises. This one made me laugh, as small whispy extensions curled in all different directions reaching up to the light of the sun. I call this image “A Happy Surprise.”

This is what happens with the Word of God when we take time and zoom in as though using a macro lens with our heart and mind, and ask God to speak to us. I believe the treasure we discover will be a happy surprise for us and can transform our lives as we live in the Bible day by day.

So, dear friend, take some time with God’s Word today and get ready to be surprised by what you see.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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For the word of God is alive and active.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV

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  • Title: A Happy Surprise
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  • Description: A macro capture of a unique desert plant in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 03/08/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Micro-Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/1600sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, OnOne Software, Topaz Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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