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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

Learn to Expect

A few weeks ago, my family and I were in a thrift shop that I have visited only two or three times before on various occasions. 

We were looking for one particular thing in the furniture department, when my sister and I found shelves of books that we hadn’t noticed or seen before.

We were scanning the many titles of worn book-spines and torn covers, when my gaze landed on a single black book laying on its side alone on the shelf.

I picked it up and I immediately knew there was something different about it- It was a Bible. With the corners of its leather cover folded in from use, and an old brass zipper that enclosed its precious pages. 

Flipping to the presentation page, I found something even more astounding.

In swirling writing, it said the date.

December 25th, 1950.

This Bible is nearly seventy-five years old.

I flipped gingerly through the red-edged pages, and in the back I found a small stack of yellowing index cards.

Written across them in various hands, are different scriptures, quotes and even prayers. 

One sentence stood out to me. It is written in blue ink, and boldly underlined.

Learn to Expect, not to Doubt.

Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting this seventy-five year-old Bible to fall in my lap- but it did. 

And I can’t help but believe that this is God’s doing, that he wanted my attention- and he used this Bible to get it.

I don’t know the person this Bible once belonged to all those years ago, or how it even turned up abandoned at a random thrift store; but I do know that the God who used that Bible to lead his people in 1950, is the same God who guides me today, in 2024.

And he guides you, too.

Learn to Expect, not to Doubt.


If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.


-James 1: 5-7




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