Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

After I had biked 16 miles on a paved bike trail that was perfect for seniors that goes from downtown Tucson up through Oro Valley to the base of Mount Lemon, I had to stop and reflect on a issue I had.

The first 8 miles I anticipated, which were all uphill, but because of the clear acceptance and understanding of the challenge I was, what I would say, emotionally stable and calm as I worked on reaching the goal of making it to the top. Conditions and challenge of this bike ride I accepted. I understood my limitations.

SO, the whole time up the incline I am thinking with happy anticipation the way down. It’s going to be a breeze coming back down the bike trail. I won’t even have to pedal.

And then, after making it up to the top, when I turned around at the 8-mile mark unexpected fierce wind, a ridiculous wind came up the valley. It was so strong I couldn’t keep my hat on.

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

 

I ended up having to pedal even harder going down the hill because the wind was so intense. Struggling against this invisible force I became increasingly irate, extremely angry and I don’t become angry very often.

And I realized that the source of my anger was my frustration and disappointment because the treat that I thought was coming from the second half of the ride, downhill biking, that was taken away by something that I had absolutely no control over.

You might say it was an act of God.

So how does one respond when your hopes, dreams and expectations are stopped mid-stream because of uncontrollable circumstances?

Did I have an intrinsic right to my expectation?

I believe if I had been there with a friend, I would have treated them to a very uncomfortable display of angry outburst.

In life we expect some hardship and anticipate those breaks where we can coast downhill but alas, life is not “fair” most of the time.

Peace comes from Christ if we can give Him our rights, hope’s, dreams and expectations and trust Him even while difficult circumstances would cause us to rage inside.

Does God owe me? NO!

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Two Measures Foolish are a Christian Apologetics group of writers that write from a Christian Perspective and Christian World View using the Bible as our core.

We all travel on an individual journey on this planet earth that God has put into motion from the day we were formed in our mothers’ body. We all have deep questions that need to be answered. Why are we here? Is this all there is?

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What I Know and Absolutely Believe

What I Know and Absolutely Believe

What I Know and Absolutely Believe

Things I absolutely know!

 

1.) I am not in charge of this world – our place in space, the laws of physics – I am not God, I don’t control countries, political parties nor evil or good in this world.

I am not You God! I know however I can look in Your direction and cry help.

 

2.) I get very sad about what I see in the world – or what You allow me to see – I see so many lost people in many hopeless situations hurling out into eternity.

 

3.) I know I need to know You Jesus! I need to be extraordinarily close to You!

I need Your fellowship, Your way of thinking, Your mind, Your discourse, Your thoughts, ideas, truths, opinions (if one can say God has opinions?), and to know the revelation of Your heart.

 

4.) I know nothing here on this Earth offers Your stability, security, sanity, safety, tender love or consistency – day after day, year after year.

Your love is real, and if needed, You wait patiently for a man’s lifetime to see the benefits of Your love and receive them by faith as our own.

 

5.) I am convinced, I know that I am bent to reject You and look in other places for fulfillment, satiation, purpose, significance, identity, pleasure, joy, peace, safety, treasures, and love.

 

6.) ONLY YOU – I know only You offer eternal love through Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. It began and was finished on the cross, an eternal work of reconciliation and salvation.

 

7.) I know it appears to me a very complex, difficult thing to grow into a stable relationship with You. We are battered on every side by our flesh, our darkened minds, selfish choices, Satan and his demons and the swift current of the world into which we are born.

 

8.) I know I have gone away from You many times – pride separated me from You – and I am guaranteed to fall when I allow pride to reign, to rule, to color or define my truth (the truth that I show I that I believe by my thoughts, feelings or actions).

 

9.) I absolutely, positively know I like the idea of “the manifest presence of God” coming down to His children, of revival in the church, of powerful spiritual life instead of musty Christians living their lives partially in a darkened spell of worldly influences.

 

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We all travel on an individual journey on this planet earth that God has put into motion from the day we were formed in our mothers’ body. We all have deep questions that need to be answered. Why are we here? Is this all there is?

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Let’s Meet for Coffee

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Let’s Meet for Coffee

Do you know how lucky we are, (and luck had nothing to do with it), that God became a man because of His wonderful mysterious love for us.

Try having an intimate, satisfying normal relationship with an infinitely powerful, all wise perfect gloriously Holy being.

We will be pondering aspect of our relationship with Him for the rest of eternity, but in the meantime, we need a God who came to Earth, who is about our size and who doesn’t mind sitting down with us in the morning and to a cup of coffee.

Yes. He wants to be that intimate, and I am thankful!

 

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Two Measures Foolish are a Christian Apologetics group of writers that write from a Christian Perspective and Christian World View using the Bible as our core.

We all travel on an individual journey on this planet earth that God has put into motion from the day we were formed in our mothers’ body. We all have deep questions that need to be answered. Why are we here? Is this all there is?

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