“God Acts, and He Surprises Us,” this is Pope Francis’ message from when he visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The message of the Pope wonderfully reminded all Christians of our need to constantly trust in the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness to us, his children.
No matter what difficulties may come our way, we should never lose hope and allow ourselves to be surprised by the ways of our mighty God. In the Pope’s words, he said, “Always know in your hearts that God is by your side; he never abandons you.” It is only with complete submission and trust to the plans of our Father can we live a joyful life.
For every trial that you face, patiently wait for God’s help–be open to his surprises. As he promised in Deuteronomy 31:8, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Allow yourself to be surprised by God and his amazing ways.