What do we do when our expectation does not come to fruition no matter how insignificant it may seem? We may be disappointed or frustrated. But one thing that I always get reminded of is that WE REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We may be disheartened at one point, but we are not to pitch a tent in that downhearted phase. We know for sure that at a designated moment, God will turn things around for our favor and will shower us with the desires of our hearts.
He said, “Behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder …” (Isaiah 29:14 ESV)
All because of His great love for you and me, whatever concerns us, concerns Him. He is so mindful of us much more than we are mindful of ourselves. His thoughts of us are more than the sand in the sea. He meets us in most surprising and exciting ways when we know how to flow with the unforced rhythm of His grace.
The simplicity of the gospel is to make Jesus Christ and our eternal life’s transformation brought about by His finished work known to the ends of the earth. It is all about what it means to have Him in us, with us, for us and upon us. It is all about our living and moving and having our being in Him. It is all about how we abide in Him and HE and His Word abiding in us. It is the MYSTERY of CHRIST IN US, THE HOPE OF GLORY. It is all about experiencing His presence and His goodness in our lives in the most simple way yet perceived to be a mind-blowing awesome experience when we sense His very presence living in and through us.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NLT)
A couple of weeks ago, two of my friends invited me to an unlimited lobster lunch buffet. Since it was our Christmas celebration, I was really looking forward to it. But, at the last minute, there was a turnaround of events that I couldn’t possibly make it. Disappointed? Of course, I was.
I also had this desire of going home to my hometown province, but due to some unavoidable reasons, I thought it wouldn’t be possible to do so.
With these two things back to back in mind, I was doubly disappointed. I thought to myself, what then must I do?
Many times when I am in this mode and mood, I normally go up to my music room, get into my keyboard and offer Him a sacrifice of praise. It is for me a sacrifice because at this point in time, I do not feel like really praising Him. I am quite sure, this happens to you, too. But one thing I am certain is that, the very moment I start praising Him, my focus changes. He gets more of my attention until I get consumed by Who He is. He gets magnified while everything else becomes molehills. His voice becomes amplified that silences everything in me and that includes my feelings of disappointment. Then, He now gets involved with my whereabouts as I give Him the liberty to move with His presence inhabiting my praise. His Lordship becomes inevitable.
Shortly after, I had and heard this very strong prompting in my heart, “NOTHING and NO ONE can take away your praise. When your schedule for unlimited lobster may have been taken away, your plan of going to your hometown may be taken away, BUT one thing is sure, nothing and no one can take away your praise!” Oh wow! I love divine encounters like these when in an instant the whole scenario changes because I heard Him speak (not audibly).
Immediately after, I pressed in to praise and worship Him more, and all the more my heart was filled with uncontainable joy and incomprehensible peace. Truly, when we are in Him and Him in us, we are complete and whole despite the physical lack in our lives. The just shall live by faith and when we go by faith, there is nothing-missing, nothing-broken and nothing-lacking in our lives.
“Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life union with Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you.” (Ephesians 6:10 TPT)
When we get revelations when He speaks, He postures us to explore and experience them.
A couple of weeks later, suddenly, our Christmas break shifted into an unusual 10 days. This indeed gave me a push for a possible homeward bound trip. Then, I realized that I have a travel voucher due to my cancelled flight two years ago when covid 19 invaded the earth. Hmmmm … and so, I booked my flights.
I stayed in my hometown for six days with so much joy. The night before I left, I had this Thanksgiving Seafood Dinner with dear friends and I mentioned if we can have lobsters. Due to uncertainty of the weather, the restaurant where my friend ordered some of our seafood dishes said there was none. Oh well … I just stayed cool and was no longer disappointed. It is all because regardless of what we have or not, we are complete in Christ for in Him ALL THINGS CONSIST.
But God was not finished yet! If He did it with my trip, He could do it with the lobsters 😊. In fact, I messaged my friend that the lobsters are already crawling toward us 😊.
When they finally came to the house at dinnertime, a WILD SURPRISE came. Lobsters were in the container!!! Hallelujah! My friend said, at the very last minute, the owner of the restaurant called her up to tell her that some lobsters came just at the perfect time. Glory to God!
On top of these, I have always desired to have an old-fashioned way of getting a massage all these years. It is that kind where a masseuse is considered a gifted one. She just knows how to do it without formal training.
Mind you, on the same day when I had lobsters was the day when I came to know that my sister’s house-help is a masseuse. What a wonder! And so, I was able to have it right at the luxury of where I was staying. Praise the Lord Who is ever mindful of us and manifests Himself to us.
Let not anything steal our praise away, for it infuses us with the joy of the Lord that is our strength and sustenance.
When Peter and Silas were imprisoned, they did not keep silent. Instead, they sang songs of praise and it caused a strong earthquake that opened the cell doors.
When the people were instructed to shout aloud on the seventh day and at their seventh round, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
In 2 Chronicles 20:21, Jehoshaphat appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise Him in holy attire, as they went before the army and say … “Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.
When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against their enemies. Yes, their enemies fought against each other and helped to destroy one another. Confusion came upon their enemies.
As God’s people approached the place of battle, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground and none has escaped. All they did then was take the spoil for three days because it was just too much. On the fourth day, they assembled and blessed the Lord.
Our praise indeed opens closed doors of opportunities for our desires to be realized and sets us up to experience the goodness of God in the land of the living.
Let no one take away our praise, for when God hears our voices lifting up His name, it becomes a sweet-smelling aroma into His nostrils. When He hears us shout for joy in spite of what is going on around us, He sees faith and that pleases Him.
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for always being on a lookout, finding ways to bless Your sons and daughters by revealing to us how we are to respond in faith when things do not go the way we want. Thank You, Jesus, for making us complete and whole in You. You are our eternal portion and inheritance, and nothing can separate us from You and Your love. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for always guiding and showing us the way that we should go that we may position ourselves to explore and experience the things revealed to us.