2020 in 20/20
Can you imagine Mr. Bean being your surgeon? That's kind of the anxiety that has ridden 2020 like it was being paid. First, a worldwide pandemic, then murder-hornets (if those are even still a thing), "Tiger King"🤦♀️ and to wrap it all up, we all got stuck trying to choose between dumb and dumber (I understand honoring those in authority and I pray for them, but face it they are still very much human). But I digress.
In 2005, Twila Prais wrote a song called God Is In Control and I think we just need to bump the volume and play it over the loudspeakers. This is no time for fear This is a time for faith and determination Don't lose the vision here Carried away by the motions Hold on to all that you hide in your heart There is one thing that has always been true It holds the world together
God is in control We believe that His children will not be forsaken God is in control We will choose to remember and never be shaken There is no power above or beside Him, we know God is in control
In January of last year, Daniel and I were planning on being in Amsterdam this Christmas. It could have been devastating when our expectations weren't met, except we know that God works everything together for the good of those who love him and are called, according to his purpose. For all intents and purposes, I do believe we fit the bill. 2020 didn't go as we expected but God has done many many good things for us this year. At the end of the day, he is the promise and the promiser. He is the prize. Amsterdam isn't the goal. Being where he is and being obedient is the goal. And as long as we are doing those two things, it is hard to be disappointed.
All that being said, our expectations have had to change in the face of a global pandemic and yours will too. Everything should be done, not just with God in mind, but only after having communed with him. Communication is the only way to combat false expectations; with God, in marriage, in any relationship really. And even when things change and your expectations with it, you can always count on the fact that nothing, NOTHING, NOTHING can dethrone him. He's still worth it. He's still worthy. No matter what the cost, he is still and always only ever good. It's really hard to be disappointed in his presence with the right perspective. Your perspective shifts the posture of your heart and the posture of your heart makes way for praise and praise elevates your perspective (See what I did there? I had to go and be all pastoral with the 3 P's). It's like a beautiful positive feedback loop.
So as we approach Christmas, may we come with our hearts excited and expectant that He is working all things out. He's got it on "lockdown".