“Well what d’ya expect from him!” my cynical friend spit out after waiting yet again for a habitually late friend to show up.
Humans let others down. Partly due to our sinful and selfish nature and partly due to how God designed us. Creatures have limits. Only God is limitless, perfect and consistent.
Expectations about others tend always to leave us disappointed. As David Zahl, pastor of an Episcopal Church in Charlottesville says, “expectations are planned resentments.”
What if we were to change the WHAT or WHOM we place our expectations? What if we were to place our hope in what is 100% guaranteed? That’s a no brainer; if we did so, we would avoid disappointment.
I read just this morning about Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ rich disciples who according to Mark 15:43 was “a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God”;
What does that tidbit about his focus communicate? Nothing short of the direction of his life!
After Jesus announced, “It is finished!” and died on that Friday outside of Jerusalem, this courageous man Joseph, along with the well-known Pharisee Nicodemus, took the bold step of requesting THAT AFTERNOON an audience before Pontius Pilate. What they did was risky.
Their lives and their reputations at stake, the two sought permission to take Jesus down off the cross and bury Him.
That account is the last written about them, but not the end of their story. I have no doubt that they are present with the Jesus they hoped in and staked all on. No disappointments there.
So as this first month of the new year approaches the end, you might feel disappointed already:
- with yourself and your lack of ability to keep up a resolution
- with a friend or family member who has let you down, again!
- with a job or activity you hoped would satisfy
- with the way an organization acts
I’m learning that every created being or thing in this world on this side of the Cross will let me down, most especially me! The path to peace and joy is to place our expectations in the only Person who doesn’t disappoint – Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
I ask again: What are YOU expecting and looking for?