When my kids were younger, they’d say funny things like ‘unexpecting’ instead of ‘unexpected’ and ‘keppitch’ instead of ‘ketchup’. I loved it. I still love it. My daughter still says things like ‘a-bisque’ instead of ‘abyss.’ Makes me smile every time.
Our kids have an interesting way of speaking. I guess that’s not ‘unexpecting’, since they hear my wife and me say weird and interesting things. My mother in law swears that my wife and I have our own language, so I guess it makes sense that our kids say fun things.
When my daughter was young, she had a bit of a British accent. True story. While that’s not odd in the grand scheme of things, in that some humans do in fact have British accents. It is odd in that those humans are typically some flavor of British, and we’re unexpectingly not British or ‘One of the Britishes,’ as my son would say. Our daughter would want to go ‘ootside’ and play instead of outside. Cutest thing ever. “Push me in the swing, daddy,” in her little British accent and her little blond curly hair. How do you say no to that?
My son had this Sean Connery accent thing going when he was little. Again, not unexpecting if you’re a flavor of Scottish, but, strangely enough, we are not. Imagine a little three foot tall Connery asking, “Dad, do you want to wrestle?” All we need now is some Welsh and some Northern Irish and we’d have our own little United Kingdom. I can’t really explain our weird words and weird accents other than to say that we’re unexpecting sometimes.
Matthew 8:18 (NLT) “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.”
I ran into this verse this morning. More and more I’m noticing that Jesus does and says the unexpected. Jesus is unexpecting. Here’s The Son of God, The Lamb, The Redeemer For All Mankind, and when He notices He’s picking up a large crowd, He takes off. He doesn’t even say bye. One minute He’s there. Next minute, “Wait, where’d He go?”
I mean, that’s kind of weird, right? Where I would see a big crowd as a sign of success, or see it as a sign that I’m doing the right things, Jesus saw it as a sign that it’s time to get out of town. We live in a world where fame, and followers, and a crowd are the evidence of success, so when I see Jesus purposefully sabotaging His following…it’s unexpecting.
While Jesus was fully God, He was also fully man, and man-o-man, is there danger in the crowd. It’s easy to start finding your acceptance in the crowd around you instead of finding it in God. It’s easy to start measuring your success by the size of your crowd instead of the size of your God within you. Groupthink is real, and it’s easy to start outsourcing your decisions to the crowd instead of sourcing your decisions from His will.
So, at this midweek check in, I want to encourage you to find a boat. What I mean by that is find some time to recalibrate. Find some time to get alone with God. Find some time to get refocused on Him and His will for your life. The crowd may find it unexpecting. But it’s ok to be unexpecting when you’re following the example of Christ.