I come to the end of what I called the Unexpected Disciplines, but I am sure God is not done surprising you as he weaves himself into your life and you into his Kingdom purposes. I choose these because I think the surprise can sometimes cause us to miss the chance to move towards God and His Kingdom – and I wanted to call attention to the possibilities when he surprises you with discipline. Take the joy in it!
God continues to call us through all of life’s events, some more or less comfortable. This is grace, the unexpected gift God uses to move us and change us. We may like to compartmentalize and control the movement of God, but grace insists on spilling over into ordinary days. Let each defining moment drive you to prayer to seek out God as he would have you know him and to be changed as he would have you be.
Discipline helps us see what we need and need from him and if our images of God are rooted in grace and truth, we can develop the eyes to see what he is doing in these moments. I am grateful that I don’t have to be dead to see heaven and heaven-at-work in me. The gospel/Good News is at work now, in unexpected places and ways. So, I can more readily look for the good in other messy disciplines: forgiveness, repentance, marriage, parenting, aging, consequences, time, traffic and more. These may deserve another classification, but I am thankful for God in each.
“God will have his way with us and he will be severe at times. The journey though at times is difficult, it is glorious.” The Beautiful Fight by Gary Thomas