I learned something a couple weeks ago about perceptions, expectations, and reality that, it seems has much wider implications than I ever would have expected.
You see, my family (me, the hubby, and my two kids) was on vacation in central Oregon with part of my "other family" (my parents, my 6'3" little brother, and my 36-year-old baby brother and his wife and kids). It was a lovely time, but I got an interesting lesson about how lakes in Oregon and lakes in Michigan are different - or at least the experience of visiting them.
|View out the window when driving to Redmond, Oregon
So, we piled into a couple cars and took the two-hour-plus drive there. And my brother's family, and my family were each thinking of two completely different experiences.
You see, I didn't exactly consider that Crater Lake (like several lakes in Oregon, apparently) was...well...in a crater. And getting to the "lake part" wasn't exactly a flip-flop run, followed by a spash. No - it was a hike. One best done with good shoes.
But my kids were in sandals. Cuz when you go to the lake in Michigan, you swim. You might walk across a couple rocks, but you don't hike a mile down a trail to get to the water - and a mile back up again.
|See the lake WAY down there? We hiked to it :)
We assumed a lake trip in Oregon would be the same as a lake trip in Michigan. And my brother's family did the same. And you know what they say about those who ASSUME, right? (I hope so, cuz I'm sure not gonna tell ya here on this family-friendly, Christian blog :P )
|One of MANY rest stops
And we miss the blessing. Or we struggle needlessly.
Seek Him in EVERY situation - even the ones where you think you know the answer. And don't make assumptions from the future based on the past.
**Cuz...well...you know what happens when you ASS.U.ME.
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