“Lettuce meat olive your expectations,” stated a sign in front of the fast food restaurant.
Even though this is a funny play on words it is a true testimony on how we want all of our expectations met, not only in our daily life but also in our spiritual life. We look to Jesus to answer our every prayer and are confused when things do not turn out like we expect, but God has His own way of doing things and it is usually not how we would do it.
There is a man in the Old Testament who almost did not get his healing because he expected to be healed in a certain way. In 2 Kings 5:1-15, Naaman was a leper who traveled to the Prophet Elisha to be healed of his leprosy. Elisha told him to wash in the Jordan to be healed, but he became furious because he expected the prophet to come out and pray and wave his hand over him.
Naaman became angry because his expectations were not met, and this all too often happens to us. Let us be followers who are thankful for the answer, not angry with the delivery.
Father, please help us to look for Your plan and Your ways and not get angry when You do not do as we expect. In Jesus name, Amen