As humans, we all need water. We all thirst. But that thirst is not just physical; we have a spiritual thirst as well. God talks about that in today’s first reading from Isaiah 41. “The afflicted and needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”
In the Gospel reading from Matthew 11, Jesus tells the crowds, “And if you are willing to accept it, he [John the Baptist] is Elijah, the one who is to come.” The people were expecting Elijah to come back on a cloud in a fiery chariot. Jesus busted their expectations.
God is good at that, isn’t he? Busting expectations. The Jews expected the Messiah to come as a powerful king or military ruler who would dispatch the Romans. Instead He came as a baby, born in the humblest of circumstances. Could God bust your expectations as well? Maybe you have designs on how you’d like your life to go – even to the minutest detail. Or maybe you think you know who God will use to speak to you. But…maybe God has a different plan. One that busts your expectations. Can you handle it?
Father, help us to always be open to the many surprises you bring our way. May we always be ready for you to bust our expectations. Amen.
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