Have you ever gone looking for something and when you found it you were a little thrown? Think of something you always wanted (a tv, mobile phone, new computer, a car, a pet). When you got it how did you feel? I remember when I was small I got a pony. I know, I was spoiled. As the child of a veterinarian, we always had animals. One day, a man who had a herd of miniature ponies – yes, a flock of tiny ponies; imagine that for a moment; I’ll pause – looked at me and said, “I have one over here that is too big. He is 32 inches tall. You can have him if you want.” I looked up at my father speechless. Dad said, “Yes, but you have to take care of him, feed him, and clean his stall.” You know the rest of the story.

Why do we want a King?

Matthew tells us again and again in his account of following Jesus of all the people looking for a king, the Messiah. He, too, Matthew, was hoping for one. No, Jesus was not what he was expecting but it really turned out great. The Magi, Herod, the teachers of the law, poor people, rich people, Jews, and Gentiles all come to Jesus looking for a king. That is us, too. We come to God wanting Him to rule in an area of our lives, e.g. heal me, heal my child, deliver me, etc.  The thing He asks of us is “follow me.” You must be like a seed, die and then break forth in new life. Jesus’ invitation is for you and me to join His internship program. Let Him train us and send us out for a new way of living.

Make 2 Lists

Today, I want you to make a list of the things you were hoping Jesus would be. Then, create a second list of the things He has turned out to be. What is the difference? My greatest struggle has been to lean into His desire to rule my thoughts and heart.

PRAYER: Lord, help me today to see where I had false expectations. I want to hear from You. Lord, thank You for giving me what I needed, not what I wanted. – Amen.

By the way, that pony – I named him “Clown Spur.” He was spotted and he taught me so much. My dad understood what I needed. He was training me to be a man. I was just 5 or 6 at the time. I still see the importance of daily habits and routines. Yes, I was raised in a barn. Jesus was born in a stable. It was good for both of us. Love you guys.