Don’t Spoil The Surprise

“The LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” –Isaiah 30:18 NIV God has good things in store for us. How to joyfully wait on the the Lord's timing.

Don’t Spoil The Surprise

by Bethany McIlrath

A few weeks ago, two boxes arrived in the mail with my husband’s name stamped on top. He hasn’t opened them. They are in the closet. If they could speak, they’d be whispering temptation to me. Our hearts don’t tend to need much help with the temptation to impatiently spoil surprises.

The LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” –Isaiah 30:18 NIV

The temptation to spoil surprises is often born out of the sense that what’s coming might not be good. Or might be out of our control. Longing not for goodness but for security, surprises pose the threat of introducing something new we didn’t choose for ourselves.

What a sweet truth that God longs to be gracious to us. While we’re waiting, He’s eagerly waiting too. God wants to give us good gifts. He delights in blessing us with what we never could choose for ourselves. Sometimes the timing is “not yet.” But that’s how surprises work, isn’t it?

We miss out when we spoil surprises by impatiently worrying about what’s to come. Sometimes we even set ourselves up for disappointment by creating expectations of what may be instead of just receiving joyfully what is.

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I’d rather enjoy the surprise with the gift-giver than spoil it before I even know what it is. That means being patiently excited and expectant in the meantime. What He has planned is worth the wait- and the joy when it is revealed.


Psalm 104:31 leads us in prayer: “May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works.” Lord, help us wait patiently and joyfully for the surprises you have in store, not spoiling them but delighting in your perfect provision. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!”

About the Author

A learner at heart, Bethany McIlrath is eager to share about her Savior. You can find Bethany’s writing on her blog: First and Second Blog. She would love to connect with you on Twitter or Facebook as well.



Patience-Part 2 in a series on the Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Spoil The Surprise

  1. adaughtersgiftoflove says:

    This is a great conversation. God longs to love people and has lots of gifts if people ask and receive. I think we spoil them by not doing that or not believing His goodness or waiting for His timing.

    • Kelly Basham says:

      I agree. When we run ahead I think we miss things. I wonder how much more God would show us if we just slowed down and patiently followed His leading?

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