I’m a person of routine.

I go to bed roughly the same time every night. I wake up the same time every morning. If I’m not meeting someone for breakfast I will make myself a kale, frozen fruit, 2 scoops of whey protein, and orange juice smoothie. I like routine. I work out at the same time every day, give or take a 30-minute window.

This past Friday I broke routine. I’m not sure why, but I went to work out about an hour and a half earlier than normal. That’s pretty unusual. I decided to swim a little first and then head to the stationary bike. I had just finished the swim and was changing next to my locker to prepare to go bike when I saw Larry. Larry is a friend and he happened to have the locker right next to mine. It’s the law of the locker room that if there are only two guys in the whole locker room they will have lockers right next to each other.

Larry looked at me and shook his head. He said, “I can’t believe I ran into you.” He then told me he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer and was scheduled for surgery that afternoon. He came in to work out just to keep his mind occupied. We had the chance to pray right there in the locker room. We both laughed at how amazing the timing had to be for us to run into each other at that exact time.

So, why did Larry decide to go to the gym to deal with his nervousness instead of going for a walk? Why did I decide to go early to work out and then split my workout between swimming and the stationary bike, which would put me by my locker at the exact time as Larry?

I love routine, but I love it even more when God decides to break my routine and surprise me. Almost every morning I remind myself and God that I’m available. I ask God to use me any way he wants. On Friday he decided he wanted me to be the one to pray with Larry before he headed into surgery. If I had seen Larry during the course of my normal routine I might not have thought twice about it. It’s when God breaks my routine that he gets my attention. It happens often enough that I just call it being routinely surprised. I hope that happens to you today because the one thing that’s better than a routine is when God breaks that routine and surprises you.