I’ve decided what I’m going to do, is to wake up tomorrow and expect to clean up a mess. I might even try to guess what delightful concoction it will be. Will it be rice milk that fell out of a sippy cup not attached correctly, or maybe it will be dirt one of the dogs dragged in? No, I know, it will be a bowl full of fruit that my lab’s tail knocked over!
The point is, I’m going to expect a mess. This way it won’t even seem like an unfortunate event, but rather something on my agenda.
Today it was red blotches on the carpet resembling blood stains. I’m glad it wasn’t blood, and instead came from tomatoes. I think Sadie was hoping to get a clean plate award, so instead of eating the tomatoes herself, she decided to haul them overboard to a patient puppy (who slurped them up one by one).
Later, it was a delightful concoction of what I my dog left for me to clean up. I’ll save you the details.
I started to think about how our expectations get us into trouble. Not only do we put expectations on other people, but on our own circumstances.
In this world we will have trouble. Comforting isn’t it? Except that those very words came from Christ. He’s basically saying, get used to it. You will have trouble, spills, messes, temptations, arguments, and all manner of difficulty.
But, if we wake up with the realization that we will encounter trials, won’t that change the perspective of our reaction when the trial comes? And if for some glorious reason we walk through a day scathed free of pain, we can attest once again to God’s good grace.
I promise there is hope. That is one of the things I love most about Jesus. He tells you the truth and then backs it up with hope. He’s tough, and then He’s tender.
Glance over the hard truths below, but don’t miss the beautiful promise!
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“When you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil
against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”
“Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.”
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”
“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Hope (verb)=expect with confidence
My hope is no matter the trial, even as insignificant as spilled milk, that I remain hopeful in the coming blessing.
What verse above gives you the most encouragement today?