Surprises seem to be something God loves to spring upon us when we least expect it.

Sometimes when we think life is so impossible God turns the tide and sends us in a new direction.

I love Ephesians 3:20 and I associate it with this idea of God’s surprises.

God is able to immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to the power that is at work in us.
Ephesians 3:20

In this verse I see that God’s power is at work in us through the Holy Spirit. And we can count on Him to do something more than we expect. And there’s the surprise. I pray for one thing, and God may do something else. We need to cultivate a certain surrender of our heart to the Lord, so that we will be open to His moves and surprises in our lives. There’s the challenge. But if we desire God’s will above our own, a yielded heart is an absolute must. And I will say this – yielded hearts are Spirit-driven and Spirit-produced. Only the Holy Spirit makes a surrendered, yielded heart. You can’t manufacture it. So it’s most important that we cultivate and intentional, intimate relationship with our Lord that is nurtured through quiet time alone with Him. In the fiery trial, draw near to God. In times of victory, draw near to God. In confusion or discouragement, draw near to God. Always be drawing near to the Lord. You will experience His amazing surprises, recognize His hand at work in your life, and when you see Him doing what only He can do, you will praise Him and bow low in worship and adoration.

The view in the photo I’ve included here was a complete surprise. We had a Navajo guide at Monument Valley, Utah, who took us to some special places not included on our PhotoShoot. I remember holding on to my camera and tripod for dear life as he drove our 4-wheel drive up and down some bumpy terrain. Finally, he came to a stop, and pointed in the direction of a small trail leading over a slight rise in the ground. I jumped out, excited to see what I might be able to photograph. But I was completely unprepared for what I would behold. John Ford Point – one of the most famous views in all of Monument Valley! Director John Ford loved to sit on that ridge that juts out into the center of the whole valley when he would plan for the scenes of his movies. I love this amazing view.

And I actually got to walk out on the Point and shoot some photos from there as well. Every direction had a new view and a new composition. I was using my 12-24mm wide-angle so I could zoom in for closer views or shoot wide at 12mm. I had so much fun composing and shooting these photos. I was out there so long that my group had to come get me so we could leave. If they hadn’t, I’d probably still be there shooting this amazing view.

What a great surprise from the Lord on the journey through Monument Valley!

Look for God’s surprises today. And when you see Him at work in your life, smile, and say, “That was You Lord, wasn’t it!”

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: God’s Surprises
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  • Description: John Ford Point at Monument Valley, UT.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 04/07/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 12-24mm wide angle lens, 3 exposures.
  • Photoshoot: Bill Fortney’s PhotoShoot in Monument Valley, UT.
  • Post-Processing: Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Adjust, and Imageonic Noiseware.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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