I’m sitting in the recliner scanning email. I have a notification. Someone posted a comment in the Nextdoor app. It’s July 5 and a neighbor is adding yet another post on how noisy the past few days have been.
And they’re not wrong. Neighborhood fireworks were especially loud night after night leading up to and on the 4th.
The initial post is usually all I read on the Nextdoor app. I don’t delve into the comments very often. Because they can turn ugly fast. I glance, though, at a highlighted comment under the fireworks post. And regret it immediately. It is quite hateful.
However, there has been one exception to reading app comments that I am glad I made.
Someone posted a question in the Nextdoor app a few months ago:
What’s being built on the corner with all the construction?
The property recently sold as commercial. Piles of dirt have been brought in. But no signs have been posted yet explaining what it is.
I’ve been wondering, too. What it will be?
I jumped down to the comment section and started reading.
There were a few wild guesses, many involving things we already have a lot of: storage units, tire stores, car washes.
And a lot of suggestions that it’s perhaps another Dollar General.
We have MANY Dollar Generals in our neck of the woods. There are three Dollar Generals within three miles of my house.
Yet this comment from one of the neighbors regarding Dollar General caught me off guard:
“I went to use the restroom in a Dollar General and there was another Dollar General in there. Fully stocked and staffed.”
And I laughed out loud.
And laughed. And laughed. (I’m actually laughing again even as I type this here!)
You never know where your next belly laugh might come from. Stay open. Even in the comments.
Donna shared at the linkup last week about reframing how we look at unexpected surprises. We often dread the thought of one, anticipating that it will be negative.
But Donna reminds us that we can actually celebrate looking for the unexpected. Sure, sometimes we’ll find hard things. God will stay with us in those.
But we often may discover pleasant surprises that God sends our way.
“The next time the unexpected presses into your day, sit up and take notice, a God moment sits on the precipice. If you look with a view of finding Him, even in the unexpected hard, the treasure of transformation awaits you. God does His best work in the unexpected places.”
Thanks for sharing, Donna!
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