I Never Saw It Coming

Barestem Biscuitroot full of  suprises

Barestem Biscuitroot full of suprises

I looked at this Barestem Biscuitroot from all angles to capture the best picture. It wasn’t till I put the photo up on my computer that I noticed something that surprised me. If I had known at the time I probably would done things differently (like not roll around in the dirt). See if you can find the unseen. For the answer I have cropped the picture below for a closer look.

Life is full of unexpected surprises, things we never saw coming, some are pleasant surprises, unfortunately some very tragic.

A young woman came to my office, addicted to heroin, asking for help. In the course of our conversation she said, “I never saw it coming.” She was truly ashamed and shocked at her current state: using dirty needles to poke around her body looking for unscarred veins. Always fearing she might overdose, unable to care for her child, but unable to stop using. How could what started as fun end in such a hellacious web.

In life many things lurk around in the shadows of our choices, things we never see coming. The song, “I Did It My Way,” sounds good (especially when Frank Sinatra sings it), but it is misguided.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

That is the real decision of life, to do it my way, or kneel before Jesus and do it His way. Often I do not know the full consequences of my choices, so I choose to follow the one who does.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

spider waiting

spider waiting

3 thoughts on “I Never Saw It Coming

  1. Incredible picture and amazing surprise. The mini sermon just hit the spot and so true. Thanks for putting those two together in all your work. They truly are blessings for all of us who are fortunate enough to receive them.


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