Expectations. We have them of ourselves. We have them of friends. We even have them of God.

Expectations are formed through experiences. Based on experiences, we know what to expect out of restaurants. Based on experience we know what to expect out of our hair stylist. Based on experience, we think we know what to expect out of God.

The expected provides for us a level of predictability. If we helped form and shapes those expectations, they are a form of control.

It is the un-expected that makes us nervous. The un-expected is what rattles our lives. It is the un-expected that reveals the fault lines in our polished exterior.

The un-expected disclose our needs and force us to consider the mysterious. The mysterious cannot be controlled. It cannot be predicted. But it is transforming. It is moving.

The unexpected embraced. Mystery manifested in the Wind, blowing where it will. It is in the mystery veiled glass that we find our maker.

Embrace the mystery, for it will lead you to hope, wholeness, and a love so profound yet so sustaining. Even in the mystery, there is a strong tower, a rock and a sure foundation.

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