December 12

Expect the Unexpected

 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him…

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

January of 2019, I knew that God was doing some amazing things in my life. I told my parents that I was going to graduate from college in less than four months and I will officially be an adult.

Now for whatever that was worth I had to let it be known (HA!). I was embarking on a journey never seen before. Traveling to places I had never heard of. The very words “I will officially be an adult” hit me May 4, 2019. They were sitting on a silver platter with nice garnishments of a new place to live, a new church to serve, and oh yeah, a dash of seminary.

Now my parents were shocked when they learned that I would be moving closer to them but alone in a community all by myself. Talk about what no eye has seen (1 Corinthians 2:9). I had never heard of Jacksonville, Texas. I knew God was up to something that was groundbreaking.

June 1, 2019, I moved to Jacksonville and was very excited for the new opportunity to serve God’s people. It was then when it hit me dead in the face after meeting what felt like thousands of people in the Commons Area that God was already at work in my life.

All the years of preparation were put into place for this very opportunity. I thought to myself how can a 23-year-old serve as an associate pastor? I must confess, it was so unreal I kept my things in boxes for a week just to be sure this wasn’t a misunderstanding. Then and there after making hospital visits and homebound visits. The continued support of many churches in the area, family members of church members and even people that were friends of a friend, speaking highly of me.

It opened a new frame of mind to understand that I was not expecting the unexpected. I expected that this would be very hard to transition to. I expected the new home and area would take some getting used to. Needless to say, I am forever grateful for each and every person that makes up the governing church body of First Jacksonville Methodist Church.

Unexpected-Expect-Nativity-Wonder-FUMC-Advent (1).jpg[Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash]

It makes me wonder: What is your level of expectation towards the coming of Jesus Christ or even this upcoming holiday? How have your expectations formed your spiritual life? Where do your expectations come from? Are they centered around God’s Word or those around you?

Dear God, thank You. Thank You for just being all-knowing. Whether things go our way or a way we don’t expect, help us to know that You love us. That You are the only one that knows the plans You have for us. Help us to put our hope in You and to truly depend and trust in You. In Jesus’ Holy name we pray, AMEN!

Amber Jones

Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 11:8, Revelation 3:8, 2Corinthians 5:7, John 3:8

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