Sometimes we look forward to something and then when it gets here it’s not what we thought. Like winter. When it is so blazing hot I am truly wishing for winter. I love snow, I love to decorate for Christmas, I love sitting by the fire, I really like sweater weather.
That’s a funny name sweater weather–but you know what I mean. I like the coolness of winter but when it really rolls around and the coolness changes into the harsh reality of COLD, I don’t like it. I am just fickle. Now I am wondering is winter over yet?
Last week I was so looking forward to visiting our kids in Kansas. The minute we walked in the door our Jenna girl announced that she was going back home with us. She has so been looking forward to it and so have we. Yesterday was the day to come home and we all held our breath wondering if she would really go though with it. She did!
I sure hope she doesn’t have the same experience I have with the weather–looking forward to it and then disappointed with the out come. Last night she wanted company for supper and wanted to eat fried egg sandwiches and ice cream. So we did exactly that. Today she wants to go to the Children’s Museum and eat at Valentino’s and guess what? We are doing exactly that. This morning she wants more eggs for breakfast and that’s what she is having. LOL On the way home we stopped for fuel and I asked her if she needed some chocolate, she said she did and then informed me her mom would probably fire me for letting her have chocolate. LOL She just now came to me and said, “so far I am having fun, so I think I will have to come more often.” Makes a grandma’s heart sing.
Disappointment in life is not a fun thing but it is all around us. Try as I will to make Jenna’s stay perfect I know it won’t be. Do we have to get use to expecting disappointment? IDK I do know there will be no disappointment in heaven–and that is for sure.
When I hear the phrase, “that isn’t fair” I tend to think of children, this seems to come out of their mouths often. I don’t know it must be a universal thing. As adults we may not say it just like the children but we may say it in other ways, or at least think it. Why didn’t I get that promotion? Why didn’t we inherit some money? My friend Kay, whom I would love to tell you about some day, use to say , “life is hard and then you die.” She would always smile when she said it, but it did seem so true. I mean really when was the last time your boss told you that you did a fabulous job and you deserve a week off with pay for the work you have done. Or your family suggests you stay in bed one morning because you have worked so hard on cleaning the house.
In our story about Martha have you noticed she asked Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care?” How many times have we asked the same question.
I can’t remember where I read this story but it is about a priest who served a small parish in an obscure country side (this is a parable–you know–made up) he loved his people, and they loved him, he was always doing God’s work, so two of Satan’s angels were assigned to get him off track. They tried everything and still could not derail the priest. Finally they called a conference with the devil himself and this is the advice Satan gave. “This is easy,” he insisted, “bring him news that his brother has been made bishop.”
Several weeks later they returned happy, the priest did not take well to the fact that his brother had been promoted, soon his joy was gone, he turned to depression, he no longer had encouraging words. they had been replaced with grumbling and in a short time the man’s vibrant ministry had been destroyed by the green worm of envy, the black cloud of disappointment and the better conclusion of “life is not fair.”
Satan loves to distract, discourage and plant doubt. What ever he can do to turn our eyes away from God he will do. Don’t let it happen to you, have courage my sisters, Jesus cares.