September 25, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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When the Expected Becomes the Unexpected
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”—Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)
There are probably some events in your married life that you expect to happen on a regular basis. Maybe it is eating dinner every evening at 6pm, experiencing traffic on your way to work, or arguing over being late to church. But what happens when the expected becomes the unexpected? Like a having to move to a new state for a job, having an unplanned pregnancy, or when the refrigerator “finally” croaks. We expect certain things to happen in life but when it is unexpected events, it can really throw us for a whirlwind. In marriage, expected unexpected events can and will happen throughout our lives. When we experience these things, they will either encourage or discourage us. They will test the waters on how we will hold up during the unexpected changes and turns. Will we stand firm or fall?
God’s Word talks about there being a season for everything and that God has a plan for our lives that is for our good (Romans 8:28). As married couples, we can rejoice in His promises. We can stand in confidence that when the expected unexpected happens, God has everything under control. All we have to do is trust in His plans for us and take these moments to learn how to be “a better us.”
This month, the Married Couples Ministry would like to co-labor with you as you lean into God and each other during the unexpected seasons of life. Here are three date night challenges to help you create intentional moments with your spouse this month!
Challenge 1: Parking Garage Dinner
If you enjoy looking at city lights, this one is for you. Find a parking garage with great city views, bring your favorite meal or take out, a blanket to put on the hood of the car, and enjoy the evening watching the beauty of the city. And if you want, end your evening at your favorite coffee shop for dessert and a hot beverage.
Challenge 2: Treasure Hunt
Who says that treasure hunts are for children? Surprise your beloved with a treasure hunt in the house that will lead them to their favorite restaurant. Leave clues with sweet notes and treats as they hunt to find the treasure at the end—the treasure being a romantic dinner for two! Ahoy matey, arrr!
Challenge 3: Double Date Night
Sometimes four is better than two. Why not plan an evening with your besties, not best friends but best couple friends. Plan an evening to go to the movies together, an escape room, or to a restaurant you’ve been dying to try out. Take this time to share about how God is blessing your marriages. This will give you an opportunity to build long lasting friendships in your lives.