[God’s surprise]

[God’s surprise]

The mood in the morning was not foul, yet was simply blah – a mood when one doesn’t want to do anything. Coffee did little to erase the sleepiness embedded in my bones due to insomnia last night.

Trying to get inspired for some creative work which my job requires, I surfed the net looking at photos and reading the news. A phone call shook me from my reverie of dark thoughts. It was my admin manager Nadya.

“Zee, there’s something wrong with the website. Come look.”

“Great,” I thought. “Problems with the website is the last thing that I need this morning.” Yet as I stood up to go see Nadya, I wondered to myself, “She didn’t sound all that worried…”

I got up, turned, and started walking in Nadya’s direction when I let out a joyful squeal and skipped toward my dear friend who lives in Canada these days. She decided to make a surprise visit without telling anyone!

The moodiness evaporated, substituted with gleeful excitement at seeing my friend Yablonska. She came for the winter holidays to spend time with her family in another part of Ukraine and before leaving for the Canada, she spent a day with us at the Chamber. The day went past quite quickly and we had a lovely dinner at a cafe close to our office, complete with laughter, jokes, stories of what has been going on in our lives, and warm friendship.

When everyone had to get going after the dinner, we asked our waitress to take a picture of all of us. We all huddled together, and the waitress, aiming the cell phone camera (since we all forgot our normal cameras), said something that made us all grin:

“Okay, family picture!”

I keep looking at this picture, and even if the quality of the photo itself is not so good, I can tell: this is my family. I am so thankful.

God knew that nothing but something extraordinary will bring me out of my gloomy mood. And He did just that – something extraordinary.

Yeah, perhaps the cynics will say that it was just a coincidence or that it was nothing extraordinary – a friend came to visit. Yep. But that’s the beauty of our God – He takes what is usual and transforms it into something that is able to lift the burdens of frustration and make the heart rejoice. He is the one who knows the timing impeccably (even when we complain about it so very often). He is the one who rocks my world.

Did you ever have situations in your life that to a simple observer would’ve appeared ordinary but for you it was something profound and meaningful?

  • Shame on you Zee. Posting a "family" picture and not telling us who is who. All in all though I am glad you had the chance to visit and be refreshed. 🙂

    • *blushing and looking down* sowwy 🙂

      The gal who stands behind is our Events manager, Vika (Victoria). Then sitting down, right to left: Nadya (our admin manager), Anya Septa (our HR manager), Anya Yablonska (the one who came from Canada), sitting on Yablonska's lap is Kostik (my 6-year-old boyfriend aka Nadya's son), and me 🙂
      My recent post Gods surprise

  • Sounds like an awesome, non-trivial gift from God to me!
    My recent post what does God call you

    • no kiddin, Kely. I was walking home after the dinner and grinning from ear to ear – couldn't help it – our God is beyond awesome.
      My recent post Gods surprise

  • j4man

    Love those kind of wonder surprises in life and in my days.

    Thanks for sharing it.
    My recent post Power of the Positive–Part 2

    • God certainly likes surprises (and surprise continued today when Anya Yablonska came over once again because her flight was delayed and she didn't have anything planned – a few more hours with her were great) 🙂

      thanks for stopping by, Jim.


    I love how God surprises us!

  • I'm convinced that God blesses us just as much in the "simple, small" areas… thanks for sharing!

    • hehe, actually, i think God blesses us even more in "simple, small" areas 'cuz if one really stops to think – there are not so many huge big things happening compared to the billions of small blessings we get each minute – even our breath and heartbeat is a blessing.

      thanks for stopping by and nice to "meet" you, Dustin! 🙂

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