Have you ever had something unexpected happen in your life? Sometimes surprises can be unwanted such as a loved one saying, “I want a divorce.” Other times, the unexpected can bring us joy. For instance, when your spouse tells you, “I’m pregnant.”
Well, this week I want to share with you about my pleasant surprise I received. My sister-in-law text me saying, “Did you know your brother-in-law and nephew are coming down in a few days?” What? No!
Unbeknownst to us, they were coming down for a visit with family and friends. So, I asked my boss if I could take the day off and we headed to San Francisco which is about one hour and a half north of us. Another surprise awaited us, my husband’s aunt, who we haven’t seen in 12 years, joined us.
We tried to catch a ferry to Alcatraz, however, it was already sold out by 10am. Instead, we took one of the nostalgic cable cars and toured the city. We walked around Nob Hill, China Town, Market Street and Pier 39. Along the way, we feasted on a variety of foods and drinks. We walked for miles looking at all the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Towards the end of the day, we drove over to Coit tower and looked at the City from a 19 story advantage point. Spectacular!
The next day, we road rides at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, ate seafood on the wharf and boogie boarded at Capitola Beach. We had a blast!
I love the wisdom of Proverbs. It says in 16:9 that:
The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
This tells me that I may plan my day. Yet, God may direct me in a different direction filled with delightful unexpected company.
Has life ever caught you off guard and, if so, how did you handle it? I’d like to hear. Feel free to share with us.