Can anyone explain to me why surprises are a good thing? It seems like the world is stuffed with people going to great lengths to plan and execute such things. And of course, since it's 2017 we all have to film it and stick it online for all to see. Maybe it's just me being curmudgeonly but do we really need to see the intricate detail of your marriage proposal, or gender-reveal party or your nasty trick of giving your baby a lemon to taste and then laughing at it's poor little shocked face? It's a strange thing that going to these lengths to keep a secret is generally aimed at creating a massive public spectacle and hopefully being repaid a thousand fold in likes and shares.
I myself gave someone a surprise this week. A gentleman walked into the church with our Contractor and lo and behold it was an old neighbour who I hadn't seen for years! I felt my face infuse with radiance at the sight of him as I greeted him rapturously and asked him how he was doing. It was then that I realised this was NOT my old neighbour at all but some poor stranger who was merely coming into the building to deliver something. Obviously, being thoroughly British I could not approach him a second time and explain my mistake. I just went and locked myself in the washroom until he was gone, silently berating myself while rocking back and forth. I really, really hope I never see him ever again. In fact I'm praying to that effect. This happened on Tuesday. I've nearly finished blushing now and although my lower lip wobbles a bit I no longer actually cry when I think of that moment.
Anyhoo, to get back to being curmudgeonly, there is so much joy to be had in anticipation. We have been looking forward to our new kitchen for so long, the celebration will be so much sweeter. Much as I decry having patience, it does have it's rewards and this is a big one. We will celebrate this new addition to our Ministry on Sunday 26 November during the 10 am Service when Elizabeth will bless our new facilities and thank God for his abundant giving through our community. There will be a reception after the service and (presumably) some sort of casting of lots to see who gets to "christen" the new washroom.
One more thing - I just told my friend she had over plucked her eyebrows. She seemed surprised.