Have you ever gone somewhere or experienced an event and it was nothing like you expected? I am going to guess that you have and that you are thinking of that moment right now. What type of response did you have? Was it way better than you anticipated or was it a total bummer?
I hate to admit this, but oftentimes I get these ideas in my head or have high expectations, just to find myself working through disappointment shortly after, needing to remind myself of all the beauty that still surrounds me.
This reminds me of the disciples walking along the road to Emmaus. Please read Luke 24:13-35.
A couple of disciples are walking along discussing all of the events that just surrounded the crucifixion of Jesus. Scripture says their faces are downcast. They have been told about His goodness and have placed their hope in Him, but at this moment, things are not going quite as they have expected though they have been told the truth.
I have had to learn over the last several years that my feelings and emotions do not equal truth. I must tell myself this statement over and over. My expectations almost never match God’s plan! However, His ideas are always way better than mine! Oh, how quickly I forget as I walk along my “road to Emmaus.”
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Our mind (God’s truth) needs to take charge of our emotions and not vice versa. All too often our expectations are based on things around us (what the world approves) as opposed to God’s promises.
Let these disciples be a reminder to us to stand on God’s truth and put our hope in Him no matter what.