Great Expectations

November 7, 2004

1 Corinthians 2:9 – What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him. (RSV)

In my childhood, we lived in the country, far from "the big city" — Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There wasn't much to do for entertainment. Sundays were long and tedious, since their observance dictated that we do nothing but go to Sunday School and worship. My greatest adventure was trying to find where mother had hidden the weekly paper (to read the comics!) while she took her afternoon nap. The afternoons also occasionally provided excitement when an aeroplane passed overhead! The possibility that I might ever be in one was never even considered.

The other great adventure was a trip to Sunnyside, Toronto's amusement centre. Of course there wasn't money to go on any of the rides; just watching was a treat. After all, we had driven miles from home, and we mixed with the crowds and smelled the aroma of hot dogs. My favourite ride to watch was the bumper cars. How I yearned for the time, if it ever were to come, when I might get into a car and drive it!

I was reminded of these times the other day when driving along a busy auto route. It occurred to me that next month, I will have been driving for almost 70 years! Moreover, I can now look back on many 'plane trips, to Europe, across Canada and the United States.

How far have God's actualities exceeded my dreams! This led me to recall the Scripture quoted today. Truly God's fulfillments always exceed our wildest dreams. It accustoms the Christian to expect great things when so many of our expectations have been fulfilled! We rise each day wondering what new excitement He has in store for us today. It is a great way to live.

Prayer: Joyfully we thank You, our Father and our God, for all Your blessings on our lives. Most of all, we thank You that even the closing of this earthly life fills us with excitement at the thought of what You still have in store for us. Thank You for this hope. Amen.

About the author:

Harold Moddle
(deceased)

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