We want our kids to save us from the beliefs that we are unloving parents.
We want our spouse to save us from the beliefs that we are unloving spouses.
We want our mechanic to save us from the beliefs that we are negligent with our cars.
We want our doctors to save us from the beliefs that we are negligent of our own selves.
We want our pastors to save us from the beliefs that we are unfaithful toward God.
Daily, I find myself seeking to hope in others who are hopeless and become rightly disappointed in the process.
Where’s the milkman? Where’s the mailman? Where’s the baker? Where’s the …? How come they’re not here yet? How come…? How come…? How come…?
What we need is actually a saving from our own expectations. You can’t live this life without setting expectations. Getting out of bed, I set my feet on the floor expecting it to not give in but hold firm and steady. But there will be one day where I will not even be able to get out of bed. There will be one day where my feet will no longer sustain me. There will be one day where the floor will give in. Those days will be my days of disappointment.
If only we could see what was coming, then maybe our version of the future would have been a bit more accurate. But it is not for man to know what comes after him. Else, he would sit still and wait for his last day. Hope moves me. I can’t guarantee anything. I can only hope.
And the things that I am guaranteed are not the things of this earth but the things in heaven. In Christ, I am guaranteed everything God has promised.
Christ saved me from my expectations to bring me to God’s expectation and reality.
No matter how much I’d love to hope in my mechanic, my doctor, my postman, my spouse and children, my relatives and friends, my brethren in the faith, I will only find lasting satisfaction when my hope is anchored in Christ and Christ alone, when my hope is anchored in God’s love for me, when my hope is anchored in my Father’s love for me, my Savior’s love for me, his promises for me.
Daily, I am troubled by this world. Daily. I can’t even trust what I hear, see, smell or taste. I can’t even trust my reasons. I can’t even trust my or others promises. Very troubling.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He overcame this world to bring to a new world, a better world, a world where joy and peace and love reigns.
I remember when the US consulate gave me and my mom the Visa to enter this country. At the very moment that the seal was given to us with the congratulations, I had no longer felt like a resident of Haiti. Though I was physically in Haiti at the time, spiritually I was overwhelmed by the realities that I once dreamed off, the realities that I once watched on TV. My heart was already right here in the U.S even though all I had was a blurry view of the country. Likewise, even before I physically enter the new world of Christ, I can already live it spiritually, live it through His Spirit dwelling in me.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
Completely. Save me even from my own expectations. By my hope in Christ, I am saved even from my own expectations. By faith, this hope is maintained. By faith, this hope is nurtured and guided to eternal life.
By grace through faith, I expect God and Christ to be faithful at keeping the things they have freely given to me for me. By grace through faith, I expect God’s promises to come to pass at their appointed times. Even as I suffer while waiting, I know Christ will not tarry. He will come promptly to my rescue completely. Come, Jesus. Come.