Shaolin. At least that's what we've called him since I was a kid. A short, round, rough looking man with stringy silver hair and a matching handlebar mustache.
He earned his name because of his insistence that a life of watching martial arts movies made him a Kung Fu Master. While he was a long way from becoming an expert in martial arts it appeared he was well on his way to becoming a father. Or at least that's what we were all expecting...
"She's pregnant, Bobby." That's what the Shaolin declared to my dad when he arrived to work. For the next several months he'd feed the crew a regular dose of updates on the little bun in the oven. He'd share about feeling the little guy kicking at night, fixing up the nursery and his excitement about the new baby on the way. Then it happened.. or didn't happen??
He came in to work one day and nonchalantly muttered "It's over." It's over? What was that supposed to mean? It took some prying but he finally blurted out "She just had gas." Just gas? Wow, after months of hearing the hype about a new baby on the way this was a huge shock! How could it be just gas? What about the kicking and the nursery?
It turns out a steady overconsumption of alcohol can lead to a build up of trapped gases. Gases that surprisingly feel just like a baby kicking when they pop in mommy's tummy. After months of excitement and expectation it wasn't the water that broke but a huge bubble of beer gas. In an instant the dream of being a new dad had literally burst and vanished into thin air.
Have you ever been caught expecting more only to have your dream burst and disappear? Have you prepared for something great only to find a big let down waiting at the end of your rainbow?
Don't let past failures make you skeptical of your future dreams. Everyone experiences let downs but those with faith get up, move forward and reach the promised land.
As, Pastor Phil, shared on Sunday it's easy to get disappointed when we let our expectations take the place of expectancy in our walk with Jesus. Expectations say, "This is how it has to happen." Expectancy says, "Whatever it looks like I know I can trust Jesus to work things out for my good.".
Instead of getting down, offended or bitter learn to live with the open hands of expectancy. Here I am Lord, use me. Bring your blessing into my life in anyway you see fit. I trust you and I'm willing to follow your lead even when the path isn't the one I was expecting to take.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.