Monday's Message of Hope

Suddenly!
Monday, July 3, 2023 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

Most of the time, we live our lives with routines firmly in place. From the time we get up until we pull the covers up in bed, our existence can be fairly set in place. Until it’s not.

Suddenly—and the status quo changes, and life is never the same. Maybe for a moment. Maybe for a season. Maybe for a lifetime. Sometimes with great joy. Sometimes with devastating loss. But that suddenly upended what was expected to what was unexpected.

The Bible records forty instances of a suddenly, from Noah and the flood to the Red Sea to Jeremiah to Acts Chapter 2. God employed suddenlies to alter the course of mankind. And he hasn’t stopped. A phone call. A meeting. A stop at the grocery store. A message online. In the blink of an eye, a wink, a flash—God’s suddenly interrupts the status quo so resolutely established. And our lives are never the same.

Tonight I received a suddenly, a quick phone call. While I don’t know what lies ahead this week, I do know that my life will be impacted for eternity in ways I cannot fathom.

This week we celebrate our Independence Day. For centuries the colonies on the eastern seaboard served the British crown and considered themselves Englishmen. Though the years of discontent added up, the colonials pressed on, looking for a way to stay loyal to the king. Suddenly a shot was heard around the world. The following year, America declared independence, and a new nation was born. Suddenly.

As we celebrate the 4th of July this year, let’s rejoice in the suddenlies of God. Who knows but a suddenly is around the corner for you?

Below are some questions to reflect and/or journal. Feel free to share your thoughts—I would love to hear from you.

  • Have you experienced a suddenly from God?
  • How will your prayer life change because of the possibility of a suddenly?
  • How does this impact your faith walk?

Have a blessed week celebrating the suddenly of Independence Day!

Penelope Kaye

 

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