Lord, everything You do is good. When I do not understand Your ways, help me to trust Your heart.
What was it about Jesus that did not fit John's expectations?
I'm not normally overcritical of others, but there was something about him that just did not seem to fit! It was hard to describe, but he wasn't what I had been expecting. He came into my kitchen, sat cheerfully at the table and dove into my chocolate cake with obvious enjoyment and relish. He laughed and joked and played with the dog.
It wasn't how I had expected a bishop to behave. I thought bishops would sit formally in the study, wear purple shirts and be weighed down with pectoral crosses and the cares of a diocese. I felt like asking, "Are you really a bishop? Or should I expect someone else?"
John the Baptist and his disciples were not at all sure about Jesus. "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" What, or who, were they expecting (3)? Perhaps not this adventurous young man! But at least they had the courage to ask the question. And Jesus replied, "Look at what I have been doing. Look at the proof" (4,5). He didn't deride them for asking. He understood and helped his questioners to understand too.
Talk to God about the areas that have made you question him. Be honest with him and listen for him to speak.
Lord, when I do not understand the things that are going on in my life, bring my attention to the reality of who Jesus is.
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