Unexpecting the Expected

Posted on June 18, 2014

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” (Luke 24)

The saying goes, “expect the unexpected.” This is a statement about planning, preparation, or maybe even the inability to do so in certain situations where the outcome is so uncertain. It’s like trying to plan for the very thing that is not able to be planned for. This is what we say when we’re not sure what will happen, but what about the times when we could reasonably expect, or even should expect something to happen?

These women are headed to Jesus’ tomb expecting him to be there and to be dead. If they had remembered Jesus’ words, this would have been the last thing they would have expected. Instead, they arrived unexpecting the very thing they should have expected the whole time, that he had risen indeed!

How often are we guilty of doing the same thing? We fail to expect God’s presence to show up and the Holy Spirit to do its work. This should be what we expect and the very thing that sustains us. So often we walk through life unexpectedly and are surprised when we encounter the Holy Spirit in various ways. What might happen if instead we went through our days expecting God to show up, knowing he will?