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Expectations

on December 26, 2015

I’m an expectations person. Which is tricky when you have children. Over the years I’ve become more of a realistic expectations person – for example, I envision Christmas Eve dinner at Village Inn to be a time where we discuss how the Happy Birthday Jesus party went at church while all coloring quietly, but I know that half the time we’ll be telling the kids to get off the floor and to stop touching the wall decor instead.

One of the biggest problems with being an expectations person though, even a realistic expectations person, is that you’re often disappointed.  Because things rarely go as you had planned.  But as I’ve been reminded this Christmas season, I’m in good company.  All those years ago, the Jews were waiting for an earthly king to be born in a palace and save them from oppression.  But that wasn’t God’s plan.  Mary was excited to plan her wedding and start a normal, quiet life with Joseph.  But that wasn’t God’s plan.  Joseph wanted to provide a safe place for the Son of God to be born.  But that wasn’t God’s plan.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,’
declares the Lord.
‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s plans often defy expectations.  The shepherd boy defeating a giant with a slingshot.  The prostitute that helped the Israelites enter the Promised Land.  The Savior of the World being born in a barn.

God has His reasons for unfolding history the way He does.  We don’t always know why, but we know we can trust the One who set the world in motion.

While I’m sure there are many reasons Jesus came into the world the way He did, I think one of the main reasons was to show us that we can all be used by God, no matter what our back story.  And to remind us that He is the God of the unexpected.

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