“As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn’t yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: “No one is going to eat fruit from you again—ever!” Mark 11:12-14
When we set ourselves with expectations, we set ourselves up for disappointments. The other night I invited a friend to come for dinner and then go to an outdoor concert which is always top notch. I made soup, and with the first bite realized it didn’t meet my expectations, so I changed the menu. After dinner we went to the concert, but after the first few flat notes, poor tempo, and the lack of charisma on stage, I looked at my friend with apologetic eyes, and said, “I’m sorry. This isn’t what I had expected. First the soup and now the concert.” We managed to sit through an hour of his music that did improve a bit, but slipped out early along with many other people.
I need to remember that no one bats 1000 all the time. Perhaps he had problems hearing the band, a bad throat, or he had done a gig the night before and his voice was shot. I should have given thanks to the Lord for a pleasant evening instead of letting my expectations color my time with friends.
Lord, lessen my expectation that everything has to be perfect all the time. Amen.