“God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your house. That’s God shifting things in your favor.” – Joel Osteen
My grandmother bought a burning bush plant about five years ago. Every year the bush didn’t bloom or look red. My grandmother gave up hope that it ever would. She decided to just let it be and forget about it. Then this year, when she had no hope it would it turned a beautiful red. Sometimes things have to work themselves out in their own time when the aren’t being expected.
I’m generally a very negative person, but lately I’m seeing opportunity and having hope about the future. Maybe it’s unconventional for a plant to be the start of this change, but things started seeming better. The things that were hurting the most started to dull, and I feel like I can move on and pick up the pieces. I’ve always been terrified of change, but I’m realizing that it’s for the best. Change is never what you expect, but the unexpected can be just as if not more beautiful.
There seem to be opportunities opening up for me even though I’d given up on them and they weren’t even close to how or what I’d expect. When I’d given up on keeping in contact with people from my past, a person I’ve been out of contact with for a long time reconnected with me. When I’d given up hope on getting the pet I’ve always wanted, I found one that I could potentially actually get. When I’d given up hope on love or finding someone, there seemed to be people who were actually interested present themselves.
“The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion.” -Watkin Tudor Jones
I’m not saying that any of these things will work out in a way I want them to. Our lives are constantly changing and once we are comfortable out whole lives are thrown for a loop. In the story of the burning bush, the bush was on fire, but it did not burn up. When things change we think we are on fire and everything is ruined, but we don’t burn up. We adapt and continue living, and then, new opportunities present themselves.
I feel that maybe the best things are unexpected things. They give you hope and optimism and strength. Whenever you just give up, a tiny spec of hope presents itself and it doesn’t seem so bad. It gives you the strength to soldier on and make the best out of the life you have. The unexpected things seem to be some of the best things. You can’t plan your life. You just have to accept it for what it is and the opportunities it gives you.