What is an “ambush?” Dictionaries define it as “lying in wait to make a surprise attack.” An ambush is basically a military strategy, employed by those who wish to do harm.
But suppose the one lying in wait was not intent on evil, but on good? Suppose the element of surprise was only an avenue to intensify delight? (Think the surprise party. Think God.)
We know God takes pleasure in giving good gifts to His children. And often they come in surprising ways. The job you didn’t think you were going to get. The reconciliation you thought would never happen. The medical reports that came back clear.
When all signs point in the wrong direction, God may be “hiding in the woods,” waiting to ambush with a manifestation of His love. We shouldn’t be surprised, but we are. And I can imagine God chuckles when He sees our amazement.
Thanksgiving is a good time to look back and remember the times we were “ambushed” by God’s blessings. The things we didn’t expect, didn’t deserve, and maybe didn’t even pray about. And yet they came. Surprise!
I will focus on the undeserved blessings I have received, and give thanks.