One of the most beautiful and frustrating things that I have come across in life is a surprise. The bad kind of surprises can range anywhere from- surprise! a bird pooped on your head, or surprise! you’ve overdrawn your checking account, or surprise! he’s actually not Mr. Right. The good kind of surprises (which are my favorite ever) are things like- surprise! you left $5 in your pocket the last time you wore these pants. Or, surprise! you actually got an A in your Child Development class, or, surprise! a new, interesting person arrives on the scene.

Over the course of the past year, I moved out of the house of my childhood and into a college dorm. I was living with one of my best friends and ended up making two more. Because of these girls I laughed so hard that I nearly peed- on multiple occasions. They were there for me when all I could do was sit on my bed and cry. They were always up for an adventure but they also understood that there are some nights when you just need to put on sweatpants, eat brownie from a mug, and watch a movie with Leo DiCaprio in it. I am infinitely grateful for the time that I was blessed to spend with these beautiful ladies. They are full of wonderful surprises.

I was also surprised by my own strength. I learned a lot about myself and what it takes to be the person that I want to be. My circumstances may not always be favorable but I serve a God that always has my best interest in His favor and with that Truth, I feel unstoppable. If there is anything that I learned this semester is that sometimes we have to learn lessons the hard way, but God always provides for our needs and He is always good- even when there is nothing good in us.

I was surprised to find the semester coming to a close. It doesn’t seem possible. Didn’t I just get moved in and settled last week? Time has certainly passed me by at the speed of light but I really can’t complain. Time heals a lot of wounds and brings with that healing the opportunity for new beginnings.

Change is scary and some adventures are daunting. But after seeing what God can do with my brokenness, my craziness, and my stupidity, it makes me really excited for the next chapter of this book.

God knows it will be full of surprises…


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