I had the greatest of intentions, y’all. When I saw the word prompt this past Thursday that Kate gave us (BTW you can check this word prompt thing out at katemotaung.com/2016/03/17/five-minute-friday-suprise/ ) I was supes-excited to write because I knew right away what I wanted to write about. Then surprise surprise life got all up in my business. The next thing I knew it’s today – which happens to be the day that we get another word prompt during our Twitter party. Sigh…in case you don’t know it already the struggle is real. Thank goodness the link is still up so I can go ahead and contribute my nonsense…er, I mean my thoughts. 🙂
I got on the internet way back in the summer of 1998 and saw an ad for Clamato tomato juice. They were running a sweepstakes where the grand prize was a trip for two on their Destination Unknown Cruise in December of that year. “Cool!”, I thought. I entered and never thought another thing about it. Well, a couple of months later (can’t remember exactly when because it’s been a l-o-n-g time since then and the memory ain’t what it used to be) I get a knock on the door. It’s the FedEx guy with a registered letter for me. I sign for it, thanked the guy, and tore it open.
Surprise!!! I was one of the grand-prize winners!!!!! I won a trip for two on a Carnival cruise the week before Christmas. It didn’t tell me where the cruise was headed – only had an envelope telling me when to show up at the airport and what kind of clothing to bring along. I gathered from the instructions that it was a cruise to somewhere warm because it said to bring some short-sleeved stuff.
It ended up sailing us to the Bahamas. We had a blast and it is a beautiful place to visit. The trip was right before the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort had their official grand opening, so while there Jeff and I walked around there and oohed and ahhed over all its grandeur.
Now wasn’t that a great story? Well, it doesn’t exactly end there. A few weeks after we arrived home I started feeling queasy. I just couldn’t seem to shake it. Surprise!!! Yep, you guessed it…I was pregnant. My hubby says that cruise turned out to be the most expensive ‘free’ prize we ever won. Hahahah! I still kid my now 16-year old son about the fact that he is my Bahama baby and threaten to return him to his homeland when he acts up on. He can always count on me to make a snarky comment when an Atlantis Resort commercial comes on tv.
Aren’t surprises the best, er’body?!?!?!??
Well, it’s the last day to do a writing on last Friday’s word prompt. It won’t be big news to any of my peeps that I am running drastically late in writing. I did sit down last Friday and try to write, but I just kept coming up with sad stuff related to bad news I’ve gotten over the years. I decided to scrap it and try again later, but later never seemed to come along. I’ve got a few extra minutes before getting ready for work so I’m all set to try again.
The news Jesus received from Mary and Martha wasn’t good. His good friend (their brother) Lazarus was sick. They wanted him to come to them. He stated right away that Lazarus’ sickness would bring glory to God, and then Jesus stayed right where he was for two whole days before informing his disciples He was heading back to Judea. To be quite blunt they thought he was nuts for wanting to go back there…as the last time He was there they had tried to stone Him. He let them know that Lazarus was ‘sleeping’ and He needed to wake him up. They tried to reason with Him, saying that sleep was what Lazarus needed – if he slept he would feel better. That’s when Jesus let them know that Lazarus had died. The book of John (it’s in chapter 11 if you wanna check it out) doesn’t record their response to what He told them, but I can imagine they didn’t know what in the world what to think.
Anyways…they headed to Mary & Martha’s place to find that Lazarus had been buried four days before they arrived. Martha was understandably upset that Jesus hadn’t come sooner. She even said to Him, “If you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” We all are familiar with the story from there. Jesus had them take Him to the place where Lazarus was buried and had them roll the stone covering it back. He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus came right out of there – still wrapped in his graveclothes.
I once heard an evangelist speak of this miracle of Jesus. He alluded to the fact that if Jesus had walked up to that cave and only yelled, “Come forth!!” everyone in that whole cemetery would have sashayed out – resurrected from the dead!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! I don’t know about y’all, but that just makes me want to do a happy dance.
Here’s the great news I have for you today. There is going to come a day when Jesus comes back to this earth and is going to call out, “Y’all come on home!” and all the dead in Christ will rise up and go to meet Him. I don’t know about you, but that just gives me such a good feeling. It turns that bad news that I’ve gotten into hope…all the heartache and grief and sadness into joy.
I pray that everyone who is reading this knows our Savior and has asked for and received forgiveness for their sins. I pray that they are in good standing with Him and ready for that coming day. If not, it’s just a matter of asking Him. He is faithful and will take us into His family without hesitation. Be blessed!