Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. Jeremiah 33:3
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:2
A flat tire. As I surveyed my unfortunate predicament, I muttered under my breath, "lovely...what a great way to start the day off...just what I need." My wallowing in self-pity was soon interrupted by a honking of a horn behind me. There greeting me was Chad, a friend who I hadn't seen in ages, shaking his head, smiling and asking if I needed a ride.
Leaving my problem for a later date, I hopped into his truck. We chit chatted for a bit catching up on things, but then the conversation turned to the issues we were facing as fathers and husbands. Grabbing a cup of coffee (or Diet Coke in my case), we spoke about our faith journey, challenging circumstances facing us, and doubts we were having.
The encouraging conversation refueled my soul and refocused my eyes - a conversation which wouldn't have occurred if not for what I initially perceived as an inconvenience.
Holding on to our expectations limits our ability to see God move. On the other hand, embracing discovery allows us to see opportunity instead of only seeing failure and frustration. By leaning into the disruption, our eyes focus on the opportunities God might be placing in front of us.
When we encounter unmet expectations, the value of discovery encourages us to back up and say, “God, what are you doing here? What are you trying to teach us? What can we learn? How can this inform us of what’s to come?”
We're encouraged to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” An offer like that welcomes our curiosity and allows us to bring our doubts and hesitations along with us. But, we must display humility. To indeed accept this invitation, we have to be open to the idea that the picture we hold about life, faith, and even God himself, might be wrong. A willingness to discover is the only way that God’s truth can change our hearts.
Please understand that this invite isn’t just a one-time offer. It’s a daily reminder that there are areas of our heart and circumstances that we face that need to experience this type of encounter.
Today, when our rhythm gets disrupted, instead of getting frustrated because of our failed expectations, let us pause and pray, "God help me to let go of my expectations and discover the opportunities you are placing before me. How can you use me today?" By asking Him to help us see things differently, we can discover the new thing He’s lead us towards.
- What situations are you viewing as a distraction, disappointment or inconvenience? How would embracing the disruption and seeing it as an opportunity to shape your character change your response to it?
- How can you practice the value of discovery in this area?
God, all around me are opportunities to experience Your grace, grow in my knowledge of You and be used to bring You glory. Help me to pay attention and stay focused on Your promptings. Let me search for the good in every unmet expectation or inconvenience. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.