Friday, January 20, 2012

Crushed Expectations

Matthew 11:8 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. (NLT)

At twelve, I dreamed of teaching Religion in college or seminary. After taking a few detours, I made it to college but never as a teacher. Plans of becoming a professor were changed by economic events and a several hundred mile move. I’ve experienced some of my great expectations while others have flattened like pierced balloons. John the Baptist wasn’t what many expected, but then neither was Jesus the royal Messiah John expected. And John certainly wasn’t dressed like the forerunner of a monarch. When things don’t pan out as I imagine, I can sulk or seek God’s counsel. I may not completely understand the latter but it’s always forward moving and results in enlightenment. It’s also possible my expectations aren’t God’s. When they aren’t, I’ll travel in the wrong direction and get disappointing results. How much better to get it right from the start.

Aligning our plans with God’s brings happiness and peaceful existence.