Take flight, like an eagle!

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I am sure you have heard this old line – “Blessed is the man who expects nothing for he will never be disappointed!”   What a terrible way to live.  Do we find ourselves with missed expectations? Yes, we do, because in this busted world things inevitably go wrong.  For example, it’s supposed to be the most awesome vacation ever, plans meticulously made, and then the day comes. Our flight delays our departure an entire day. We get to our destination and that hotel that looked so great in the pictures is a not ‘all that.’ Rain hides the sun for half the time. It happens. You probably have your own story.

Far worse is the disappointment that follows the failure of a relationship, when someone whom we loved and trusted betrays us, or when we find out they are not who they claimed to be.  Many let these things turn them into bitter, mean, cynical, snarling people. Some take a different path that leads to an entirely different outcome. Look at this passage from preacher Isaiah. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31) The Spirit’s wisdom meets us in real life with the acknowledgement that we will find seasons when we are beat and battered.  And there is a promise that follows … they can soar, rising above!

What is the key to rising above the circumstances that could drag us into misery?  As in my opening line, there are those who advise us to give up on our dreams. There is a time to adjust our expectations, a time to maturely learn to accept that many situations are out of our control. There is a lot of wisdom in learning to deal with life as it is, not as we hoped it might be.  If you grew to be 5’5” and think that being 6 feet tall is the only way to happiness, you have an expectation that requires adjustment! No matter how much I wish it were different, I have to accept that my wife is gone to Heaven. That part of my life is over.

Still, we cannot throw away every dream, resign to this present world without hope of change. We must not throw away our desire to see a better world, to build strong relationships, to experience the joy of deep and authentic love.  God’s dreams for us are sustained through disappointment IF and WHEN we set our hope in the Lord.  In another familiar translation of the Scripture the verse reads this way, “Wait on the Lord.”
As we live for God, as we learn daily submission to His will, actively seeking to know His what, how, when, and where, there is a kind of life that is anchored to a promise that is not subject to people’s whims, weather’s changes, or economic cycles. That promise is eternal life, secured by Divine Grace.  Paul, who experienced many years of disappointment, points to an unwavering hope.  He does not sugarcoat the high cost of his commitment to Christ.  “It’s the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end, so keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you.”  (2 Timothy 1:12-13, Message)  “I know Whom I have believed and that He is able to keep me!”

On this Monday morning is disappointment real, your heart broken, your spirit crushed? Jesus understands, His heart was broken, too. Take the sorrow, the ache, to Him. Share it honestly. As you pray, be open to His comfort and challenge. Here’s a word from the Word.  It’s a treasured truth for those who would soar like an eagle, rising on the currents of hope!   “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:20-22, NIV)

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‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know thus saith the Lord

 Jesus Jesus how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus Jesus precious Jesus
O for grace to trust Him more

 O how sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to trust His cleansing blood
Just in simple faith to plunge me
‘Neath the healing cleansing flood

 Yes ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace

 I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee
Precious Jesus Savior Friend
And I know that Thou art with me
Wilt be with me to the end

 Louisa M. R. Stead | William James Kirkpatrick © Words: Public Domain

Pastor Jerry Scott-FAITH DISCOVERY CHURCH- www.FaithDiscovery.com

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