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How Different?


How different are we from our main societies;
Cultural expectations,
Accepted norms?

How different is light from darkness?

“Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)



I have been pondering a question that seems to have no answer:
What do we think and do when things have not gone as we expected or hoped they would?


When I was in my teens and twenties, I could not have predicted that my life would go the way it has:
I certainly had no idea that there would be tragedies and loss.
I thought maybe the course of my life would include marriage and children, but it didn’t.
I have accomplished things I never thought possible.
There have been victories and blessings I didn’t know to ask for.


Jesus’ disciples experienced this in following Him, especially when He was crucified.  They were sure that this was wrong…or that they had been wrong to follow Him.
I don’t know that His resurrection was any easier for them to wrap their minds around.  They were completely undone and disoriented.  Everything they thought would happen didn’t; things they didn’t expect or want did.
The result:  They were brought to Pentecost and transformed into world-changing apostles.


So what to do when life doesn’t go the way we expected…or even wanted?
I don’t know, except to trust the One who does.


There are numerous worship songs that invite God to come.  I like most of them.
A couple of weeks ago, however, God showed me that there’s a lie embedded in this sentiment:  He comes and goes; He might show up, if we ask Him to.

The truth is, God is already with us, holding us in His everlasting arms.
He gave me a picture that made me chuckle:
A husband is holding his wife on his lap and cuddling her.  Her head is nestled in his shoulder.  Then she begins to call to him, telling him, “Honey, come here!”

That husband would be wondering what on earth is wrong with his wife.  He would probably say, “I’m right here, dear!”
It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

We do that with God.
Oh, I know, it’s really that we want to draw closer to Him or experience His presence more fully.  Say so!  Ask Him to make you more sensitive to Him; ask to have your eyes and ears open; ask for anything that prevents you from knowing Him more fully to be revealed and removed.

I think there is one hinderance that especially gets us:  Our own expectations.  We think that this or that should happen “when God shows up.”  Yeah, maybe; but what if He chooses to be present in some other way?
Many people missed Him when He came the first time, simply because He didn’t look and act the way they expected Messiah to.

Look, listen, feel; know His ever intimate presence right now; right where you are.
Enjoy him; He delights in you!