Marti reminded me that I never told you how we finally got home from Mexico. Actually, it was such an uneventful crossing that there wasn’t much to tell. It was a completely different world from what we found at the border the night before. From where we shared our last meal together in Mexico, to Anne’s driveway in San Clemente, was exactly two hours, including the crossing. Record time.
The only eventfulness in that experience was the fact that Anne’s car ran out of gas a few feet short of her apartment parking space, so, of course, Chandler and I went to get her gas. It took two trips with a one-gallon can to get enough into the carburetor to start up her car.
Which brings up something notable about that word “uneventful.” If everything goes as planned or predicted, we say it was uneventful. Uneventful means boring. You got what you expected — no more and no less. We got across the border without a hitch. It was uneventful.
Whereas something unexpected — usually a setback of some kind — turns the expected into an event. It becomes “eventful.” Something happened other than what we planned. We should, therefore, be in a position to welcome the unexpected.
I must say that being unable to cross the border on Sunday night forced us into another day in Mexico, which turned out to be the best surfing and the most memorable sunset dinner of our stay.
Perhaps we should learn about something here, so as to be more welcoming of the unexpected. In Ephesians, Paul prays: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:210-21). That would indicate that God wants to go way beyond what we ask or imagine, into the realm of the unexpected. If we get what we expect, we don’t get all of what God wanted us to get, so He messes with our plans so as to get us more. And I would add that the unexpected almost always presents itself first as bad news. None of us like to have our plans changed. He’s going to have to change our plans, because what we planned isn’t good enough. God has something better hidden in the unexpected. Learn to welcome it.