Let’s be honest, some of the most devastating things in life come at us suddenly – job loss, doctor’s reports, an early morning knock at the door. When you’ve experienced life-altering suddenlies, it’s hard not to live with an undercurrent of fear. Part of the solution is realizing that God has his own suddenlies.
Jesus was in a boat with his disciples when suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake. Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and just as suddenly, it was completely calm. (Matthew 8:23-26)
Jesus was at a wedding when they ran out of wine – a truly embarrassing scenario for the host of the wedding. Making wine is a lengthy process. It takes years, even decades, to for vines to yield a fine wine. Jesus miraculously turned water into wine. and he did it suddenly! (John 2:1-10)
Saul was enemy number one for early Christians. He persecuted them, put people in jail and watched in approval as followers of Christ were murdered. But his life was changed forever when “suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” (Acts 9:3) He went on to be one of the most influential voices in church history.
Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. At midnight, they were singing and praising God, when suddenly an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison, the doors flew open and their chains fell off. (Acts 16:25-26)
The children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. Then, God raised up Moses to lead them to the land he had promised them. He sent the ten plaques against the Egyptians and as Israel made their escape, God suddenly parted the Red Sea so they could cross over to freedom. It took a little time for God’s suddenly to arrive, but it came. (Exodus 14)
If you are worried about the unpredictable suddenlies of life, or you are stuck in the middle of a difficult suddenly right now, don’t lose hope! Sometimes God’s suddenly takes longer than we’d like to arrive. But don’t give up! Imagine God suddenly transforming your suddenly! Keep expecting him to move in your life and circumstances. God’s suddenly will come.