Surprise Me! (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

On July 8th, 2016, I entered the following prayer in my journal, exactly as it is reproduced below.


Prayer Request Date of Initial Prayer Bible Book and Verse Bible Verse Notes
Dog for the family 07.08.2016 Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. In Your perfect timing and if it is in Your will, Lord, You will allow this to happen. Surprise me!


On April 28, 2018, this prayer was answered and we welcomed home a new dog, Honey, to our family! Through the nearly two years of prayer, I admit my faith often wavered. After one year of no answers from God, I even added the last line in the notes, “Surprise me!” Indeed, God did!


Our family owned a dog nearly seven years ago. Unfortunately the dog and our family were not a good match and we, regrettably, returned him to the breeder. My daughter was always very sad about this painful episode and she still longed for a dog of her own. Given our family history, it was not promising for this to happen, at least not before my daughter graduated from high school in less than two years. It took God to intervene in most surprising and unexpected manner. A serious health crisis now afflicted our daughter. Our family has met with many physicians and friends, seeking wise counsel for treatment options. Our Church has also surrounded us with prayers, love, and support. A dear brother in our Lord Jesus Christ recently prayed with me as I shared with him the health issues my daughter was currently experiencing. After the prayer, he said, “Your daughter and family are going through a season of change with God.”


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)


It is a season of change as my daughter becomes a young woman and readies her applications to college. It is a season of change with an unexpected health crisis for my daughter. As our family and friends come together to support her as she bravely faces her continuing treatments, we knew that few things would give her more comfort and happiness than to once again have a dog. God is taking us through this season of change for many reasons, but the most unexpected reason was to lead us down a path to get a new dog for my daughter and family. God, once again, surprised all of us by answering a prayer in a most astounding and wondrous manner. Why? God loves to bless us, His children. He makes all things beautiful in His time, to fill the void in our hearts that can only be satisfied by Him.


Thank you God for always surprising us with your love, grace, and mercy!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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