Today marks my 25th wedding anniversary. A simple statement... but a milestone in today's culture. My, how time flys! Recently one evening, we left our house under the impression we were having dinner at an undisclosed restaurant with my wife's parents. They drove, so when we finally reached the destination (a clubhouse) it became obvious a surprise party was about to take place. Stick with me as I recall these special details. My wife was escorted in by a close family friend as I followed. Stepping into the decorated room Nate King Cole's Unforgettable was playing in the background as we noticed the faces of loved ones at each table . Before we could survey the entire room our children and son-in-law (who live out of state) greeted us. Shocked to see our kids, a bouquet of flowers was placed in my wife's hand as we were made aware of an aisle runner. Our eyes followed the white runner as we were even more surprised to see our Pastor standing at the other end with a smile on his face and black book in hand. In a very meaningful ceremony we renewed our vows, which included communion and a special song sung by our daughters. Following the ceremony we enjoyed an outstanding meal prepared by Teen Challenge. We then cut a large layered wedding cake made by a dear friend and enjoyed dessert. As we mingled and talked of tales from the past I couldn't help thinking how the night was perfect and yet a complete surprise. One day, the word of God says, we're all in for a surprise. When "the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT. What a surprise it will be when we finally make it to that banqueting table in God's presence. Think about this. If my children can surprise me and make such a memorable impression, imagine what God can do. His plans of goodness extend far beyond our feeble comprehension . "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT. I don't believe His fantastic plans are only for the future. So be encouraged. Hang in there. Pursue the exploits God has planted in your heart. Enjoy the special details God has planned for you. And we'll all talk about it soon enough.