Your word for April is SURPRISE
Go on and pull open the curtain. I know you've seen hundreds of sunrises (or sunsets) but you never know what the next one will be like. It is always a surprise for the one who wears an open heart and can let go of the assumption that you know what is behind the curtain. I once called out to someone with a fair amount of excitement in my voice saying, "Quick, come look at the rising moon!" She answered, "I saw it last night." So did she really see it last night? I doubt it. She saw something in the sky, perhaps, but I doubt that it took hold of her in a healthy, healing kind of way if she wasn't willing to look again, to behold it anew.
By choice, and practice, we can live as though we are standing before what the Christian Celts call the thin places--those places that are so sacred, could you but draw the veil aside you would see the face of God. Perhaps every surprise is like that. Although it may happen quite naturally yet unexpectedly, you are invited with each surprise to be a seer.
It is not easy to be a seer. You have to surrender the lie that you don't have time. 'Looking' is not the same as 'seeing'. One early morning a few years ago I almost walked past a surprise. It was a moon flower just opening its face to the dawn. I looked at it and almost passed by. But suddenly I was taken from above. I paused and took it in. I became its tenant (though it paid no rent). I beheld it and offered it hospitality.
How easy it is to pass by a surprise because we think we've already seen it!
Most of all we ought to be careful lest we miss the surprise of one another. Every person is a jewel, a beauty never to be repeated. We think we know the person we are having coffee with but do we really? How do we open ourselves to the surprise of another person? April is almost over and I'm sure you had many surprises. Why not sit down and ponder a few of your surprises! Or, maybe even just the surprises of this day.