I tried a new recipe the other day. I thought that had all the necessary ingredients and the craving had been lurking for a couple of days. There was some searching involved in finding all the bits and pieces, but eventually I found everything I needed, and I got busy baking. As I took my little experiment out of the oven, I was taken aback. These were the ugliest muffins I’d ever seen. Daringly, I took a bite and surprising deliciousness filled my tastebuds.
1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ is so apropos. My muffins may have looked unattractive (and they certainly did), but that first bite changed my opinion completely. Just as David was thought of as the least expected choice, we can (occasionally) misjudge others and even ourselves. Our expectations may anticipate one thing, and yet God sees all the potential and the possibilities. God sees right into the heart of the matter. God’s plans my not look like we expect them to look, but they always work together for our good. God’s got a plan; we should anticipate the unexpected potential that might be just around the corner.