On that same night (it was late), my wife was asleep and had some left-over chicken that she didn't finish eating. She fell asleep before she had the chance to finish it. So, I picked up the bowl of chicken and started eating on it instead of being a good husband and saving it for her!
While I was eating it, I saw something that blew me away! A cockroach! And it was underneath the chicken I was eating!! I immediately spit out the already-chewed-up chicken pieces in the sink. Nasty! Man, we NEVER had roach problems! NEVER! The last time I've dealt with roaches was when I was living in New York City. When we moved down here, we simply had to deal with ants -- and I considered an ant problem as an upgrade for me! Ants I could deal with. Roaches? No way!
And in case you're wondering, no, we don't have a dirty house. Heck, we just had our dang carpets cleaned! So, I was just absolutely shocked to see a roach...in my house...and chilling in my bowl of chicken! I squirted that son of a gun with Lysol and dumped it in the sink!
So, after that nasty encounter, I was wondering if there was a lesson to be learned? How could this incident be a sign from God -- despite how nasty of a sign it was? Well, I don't know if God was telling me anything, but I started to think about how unexpected that little critter was. Had it been an ant, no problem. A fly? Well, it's been getting hot outside, so maybe a fly got in the house while we had the door open. But a roach? Absolutely unexpected! Of the four years that we've been living in this house in various conditions, we NEVER experienced a roach.
While thinking about how unexpected that roach was, I started thinking how unexpected things could happen in our lives -- but for the better.
During the past 7 years that my wife and I have been living in North Carolina, we truly lived a life of "unexpectancy" (my spell checker is suggesting that's not even a word). But good unexpected things happen, especially after losing my job in EMS.
One time when my wife and I were really low on funds, we were somewhat concerned that we wouldn't be able to pay rent. Our funds were SUPER low, even to the point where I thought, "Well, I can't do anything about it. It's all in God's hands now." But on the same month that our rent was due, I had just received a personal training client. I didn't know what to charge her because training her was very informal. In other words, I was just helping her. I wasn't doing any personal training as a business.
One night, we were going over what I would charge per session. I just threw out a number and she accepted it. She then wrote a check for a 3-month session. The amount was just $10 short of our rent money! The other $10 was given by my mother as a little treat! We had our rent money! That was completely unexpected!
Another time, someone contacted me about bartering my personal training services. I have always wanted to send my mother on a trip somewhere for always helping our family financially. So, when this lady contacted me, she said that she wanted to offer a time share vacation in exchange for personal training. I would be able to vacation anywhere in the world for one week for FREE! But instead of taking that offer for myself, I gave it to my mother. I didn't have to pay a dime! And she always wanted to go to New Orleans -- and it felt good to give it to her!
I've learned that we ought to live life expecting the unexpected. Good unexpected, not bad unexpected.
See, you never know when life will take a turn for the worst. But we understand that. In fact, we usually live expecting the worst! What we don't understand is that we never know when life would take a turn for the BEST!
One time while my wife and I were living in New York, someone gave us a check for $200, accompanied by a card. The card was signed by God. Well, we figured who it really was, but we accepted it as if it was from God anyway, as all good things come from him.
Our son, believe it or not, was unexpected. I call him my little "Oopsy." He was definitely an OOPS! Well, we weren't really being careful, but we also didn't think we would have another baby. It took me about two weeks to finally accept that we were going to have another child, and it was good that we did. Had he not come unexpectedly, we would still have just one child.
Another time, someone called me about teaching a CPR class. She was referred by one of my former students, and she ended up getting me 14 other people to take my class. I had a NICE check that paid our needed bills! That was definitely unexpected!
Another time, one of our laptops just gave out! Then the other laptop's screen broke! We were out of a computer. Well, I was able to use the one with the cracked screen, but it was a PAIN! So, I posted on Facebook if anybody was willing to give away a computer. My sister's father recently died (he's been battling with bad health for a long time). He had a laptop and a desk top. I wanted a desk top, and she asked if I wanted it. I actually wasn't expecting that. I just wrote that Facebook post without expecting anything!
Unexpected things may happen to hurt you. But unexpected things may happen to bless you. You could receive unexpected blessings at any moment.
You don't know what tomorrow may bring. It may be the same ol' same ol', or something totally unexpected may happen -- for the better, not for the worst. If we're not expecting for the same ol' thing, then we're expecting something bad to happen.
But just for once, expect an unexpected blessing.
When my wife was trying to look for a part-time dental assistant position, she landed one but we didn't think she was going to get many hours. She was only working a few times a month...which then turned out to be MANY times per month! She was working so many hours that she was getting burned out. Okay, that didn't sound exactly like a blessing, but while we were still trying to get our business off the ground, her job help funded our business while paying the bills.
Expect unexpected blessings!
One time, I got sued by one of my creditors. You know, you have credit cards that you were once able to pay until you've hit a financial hard spot. Then you can't pay, you start running from creditors because you're scared of them, and then eventually you get a knock on the door from a sheriff deputy serving you a summons!
Well, I didn't win that case...all because I admitted that I did owe the debt. Once you admit that, you automatically lose the case. But, it turned out that the collection agency that represented my creditor was actually pretty good in working with me.
When I finally had enough money to talk about a settlement with them, I've given an offer to them, but I truly didn't think they would take it. To my surprise, they did! I didn't expect that! I didn't have to pay everything that I owed them!
Expect unexpected blessings!
You never know when the windows of heaven would open and shower blessings on you. You never know when things would turn out just right. You never know when you would get a better job, or when your business would take off, or when new opportunities come your way. You never know! And since you'll never know, you ought to live each day expecting unexpected blessings.
How could you expect something that's unexpected? Of course you can't do this. But the point is to live each day knowing that something good is going to come unexpectedly. You don't know what it is. It may be something that you never dreamed of. But something good is going to happen. Just believe that it's coming your way very soon!
Now, how in the world did I come up with this blog by finding a roach in my chicken? Ah, that doesn't matter. This blog is going to bless somebody and give them hope. So for YOUR sake, I'm glad I found that roach in my chicken. Okay...I don't care for something like that to happen again! But if this blog would bless you, then that roach in my chicken was a good thing.
Okay...you're right...it's still gross just thinking about it...