Five Minute Friday: Unexpected

I’m linking up with The Gypsy Mama for Five minute Friday, where we write for five minutes on a topic of Lisa-Jo’s choice. Today’s prompt: Unexpected. I’m sure you have something wonderful to say about the unexpected too. Won’t you join us?


They rise out of the chaos. The child, his parents and those who come to worship. It’s unusual. Unexpected. I thought it should be more simple, more I don’t know, barn and stable-ish or something. But it’s not, and Gaudi surrounds the Holy Family with what looks to my eye like a little bit of crazy.

I realize now that it makes sense. It is different, yes, but it is beautiful in it’s way. It’s beautiful because it’s true. Christ did come into the chaos. We worship in the chaos of life and a fallen world. It is unexpected, this art, this truth, this God in the flesh.

And isn’t He always? God lives in the unexpected. He uses the weak, the humble and the poor in spirit. He lives among the poor, the widow and the orphan. And He rises out of the chaos, and allows us to meet Him there.


Photo: Taken at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. More to come soon!


  • I went to Spain when I was 15 (MANY years ago now) and I remember the architecture, the spiritual carvings in a simple back stairwell of the plaza in Salamanca… I haven’t thought of that moment in a long time – how awestruck I was at realizing the faces in the stairs. Yes, it is those quick unexpected flashes of insight (epiphanies?) that make certainty of faith. 🙂 Thanks for the memory… for the post and the comment. Have a great weekend.

  • Your words are beautiful! Love this post 🙂

  • so true! so glad to have “found” you 🙂

  • Kim

    Thanks for sharing what you saw in that architecture. I love your analogy of Christ coming into the chaos. Isn’t it amazing what He shows us when we open to seeing?

  • “Christ did come into the chaos…And He rises out of the chaos, and allows us to meet Him there.”

    This parallel image is so powerful! Your post just made my morning. Thanks!

  • Good words. He is the Prince of Peace. In the midst of EVERYTHING he is still Peace.

    thanks for the reminder this morning

  • Very nice way to explain what you could see in this photo. It’s right it’s in the middle of nothing that makes much sense that the unexpected spread its wings and touch our lives.
    May we learn to live with it and accept it whatever it brings us, knowing God is behind knowing what is best for us.
    Have a lovely day!

  • Joy

    Fascinating take on the architecture in this photo. I love it!