Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GREATER EXPECTATIONS!!!

One year ago we arrived in Ireland.  12 months have passed, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes... and some incredible moments.

It's time to reflect back on the year that has been.

What an incredible year.  We've seen some incredible answers to prayer.  We've seen God provide in some wonderful ways.

If you've been praying with us you know the obstacles and challenges we have faced.  Yet at every turn we have discovered God to be "our very present help in trouble".  He is SO faithful.

You might say that God has surpassed our expectations, again!  We really shouldn't be surprised, but we always are... Why?  I think it has to do with our limited expectations.

Allow me to explain... We live in a world where spoken and often unspoken expectations overwhelm.  Someone proclaims LeBron James the second coming of Michael Jordan before he even stepped on a court.  Someone proclaimed Wayne Rooney the saviour of English Football before his career even really got started.

Yet for the myriad of ways we expect great things... we so often fall short when it comes to God, really!

We arrived in Wicklow knowing NO ONE, except our real estate agent.  Yet this past week I shock hands with the mayor of our town and he called me by name.  Amazing.  I've got to know countless individuals and look forward to meeting many more. God is working... we see it in the relationships that are being formed and the wonderful friends we're making in our community.

What I'm trying to say is we need to get away from OUR expectations... why?  Because as BIG as we might imagine them to be they're NOTHING compared to God's GREAT EXPECTATIONS  Just ask Moses.... Moses you'll lead my people out of Egypt... are you crazy?  Moses expectations didn't meet God's.(see Ex 3 & 4)

I don't know what our second year holds for us here in Ireland, but I do know this.  It is God who holds us. 

God is helping us... to let go of our expectations... and to embrace HIM.
HE is opening doors.
HE is helping us build relationships.
As we begin year two there is a sense of anticipation... because the future is bright with God.

Join us! Or should I say, join Him!

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" Eph 3:20-21