Surprises by Charles R. Swindoll Genesis 17:15–17; 18:9–14; Joshua 6:1–22; 1 Corinthians 15:52–58 The feelings are familiar. Mouth open. Eyes like saucers. Chill up the spine. Heart pounding in the throat. Momentary disbelief. We frown and attempt to piece the story together without a script or narrator. Sometimes alone, occasionally with others . . . then boom! “The flash of a mighty surprise” boggles the mind, leaving us somewhere between stunned and dumb with wonder. “Am I dreaming or is a miracle happening?” So it is with surprises. O. Henry did it with his endings. World War II, with its beginning. Surprises start parties and they stop partnerships.