There is a surprising amount of discernment necessary to grocery shop. When you purchase strawberries in a box you attempt to select the best, most ripe, most luscious ones possible. You wiggle the box around, trying to get a better view of potential stow-away strawberries – secretly moldy in an otherwise joyful strawberry ship.
Much of the time, despite the look of things, one chooses wrongly. Half the box goes straight into your garbage bin. Now, you have a choice:
1) Continue expecting to find good strawberries
2) Become jaded and stop purchasing them altogether
This might not seem serious, but what if strawberries are your favorite fruit? To choose not to buy, and therefore eat, your favorite fruit due to disappointment would be tragic. And how might this impact other areas of your life? Would it pollute other expectations? Would it discolor your view of the world? Of the future?
What if someone close hurts you?
Will you stop choosing intimacy with people?
What if you have an expectation of God which doesn’t get filled as you hoped?
Will you become offended at God?
Winston Churchill said,
“Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.”
Excuse me, I’m going to go buy some