When I was speaking in Germany a few years ago, I was at an event where everyone knew what was to be expected. People were to behave w polite decorum, everyone looked freshly laundered & ironed & everything seemed sanitized & sterilized. There was some nice background music, the exchanges among people were un-noteworthy, the presentations were given in the expected manner & after the event, everyone left w possibly no memory of what had happened. For me, the event got lost in the white noise of life. I was one of the presenters at this event & when i drove home, i felt hollow & somewhat disappointed.
When i talked w God about this, He challenged me with the contrast between expected & exceptional. Exceptional living doesn’t always go w the flow. Exceptional living is when we have a normal conversation & something comes up that says, “except . . . ” Exceptional is the stand out – distinct from the crowd, different from the norm, noteworthy & uncommon. The path of least resistence is the expected. But for me, when i walk this path, i feel disingenuous, unauthentic & in disonance. Now clearly, there’s a time to live as expected, but a question worth considering is: do we live the “expected life” too often???
Pls be sure to pray for the people of Iran today.