Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24; Psalms 30:2,4-6,11-13; II Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43
An avid conservationist was driving up the Florida coast with her young son. She noticed a sign saying, “Naturist Camp.” Assuming that the camp had something to do with conservation, she drove in, parked the car and headed toward the beach. Contrary to her expectation, she quickly realized that the “Naturist” camp was actually a nudist camp when she and her son saw before them a group of people, all stark naked, cycling along the beach. The five-year-old boy stared innocently at the scene and cried out, “Look, Mom, they’re not wearing safety helmets.”
The obvious condition of the cyclists went unnoticed because the child had other expectations — that is, if you ride a bike, you’d better wear a helmet!
When we condition our minds to expect the unexpected from God, we are able to recognize the difference between our pre-conceived notions of who God is and what He ought to do, and His revelation of who He is and what He…