When I was a child, I enjoyed watching a particular television game show. Contestants would participate in various types of activities throughout each program. As an added plus from the generosity of those producing the game show, they would occasionally pay for someone in the military to return home for a visit with their family. This became part of the show, as they would surprise the non-duty spouse with an on-the-air reunion. Often, the deployed spouse would be secretly placed in one of the games so at just the right moment, their wife would recognize them and be completely thrilled and overwhelmed. The audience and television viewers would have been informed of the special event beforehand. It was so exciting to know at any minute the couple would be reunited. It brought JOY to everyone to witness such a good deed. That was many years ago, and I still remember it.
I wonder if this is similar to one of the ways God blesses us at times. When we are yearning for something–to be restored to a loved one, to be healed of a sickness, to be married, to have a child, to see someone accept God’s gift of salvation—He may be planning to give us the desire of our heart. His timing is perfect. Is there excitement in Heaven as the moment of surprise grows near? Does the joy in Heaven connect with the joy we experience when God lovingly gives us a "surprise?"
Somehow, I think it does.