Arlene smiled as she placed the perfectly steamed brussel sprouts with a rich butter sauce before her husband of twenty years. Tender, juicy, perfect!

Rick will love this with his chicken-fried steak! she mused before she called him to the table. After these decades together, I know what he likes. I still want to please the man I love.  

Rick had always mentored her quietly after a meal if he liked something or not. If or not, he would comment to his wife, “Please don’t fix _____again. I don’t care for it.” And she wouldn’t.

But he never uttered a peep about brussel sprouts. She thought it was one of his favorite veggies.

When their grown daughter, Rene, planned a special dinner for Rick’s birthday, she asked for help with the menu. Daughter Rene blurted out, “I know Dad doesn’t like brussel sprouts, so what about twice-baked potatoes and copper carrots?”

“What?” Arlene cried in surprise. “Rick doesn’t like brussel sprouts?”

“No, he said he eats them because he knows you like them so much!”

“But I don’t like them especially. I thought he did!”  She was so shocked she collapsed in a chair. “And I thought I knew everything about your dad!”

Arlene and the rest of us have learned that life is full of surprises, sometimes as small as brussel sprouts.

But no surprises come with God, the Creator.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” writes King David. “Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” [Psalm 139:15-16]

God does know us through and through.  God knows every part of us, our likes and dislikes, every thought, every choice, every outcome. All of that is topped with perfect and tender compassion, love and concern through all our days.  And if, like Rick, we don’t like brussel sprouts, he may respond, “Brussel sprouts? Never again!”

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]







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