Sunday, May 17, 2009

Expectations, part 1

Expectations - we all have them.  We expect things of ourselves, things of others, and things of God.  We have ideas about how life will play out, including at just what times or stages certain things will happen.  

And then they don't happen.  

And then they still don't happen.

And then they still don't happen...still.

Or maybe the exact opposite happens, which can seem worse.

It can feel like someone, or Someone (God), has forgotten about us, or is even upset with us.  Or perhaps we weren't destined for these good things that comprise our dreams.  Or this is our thorn in the side, something to teach us to lean into God.  

Yet in the midst of these unfulfilled expectations, the truths of God remain unchanged.  Because, like God Himself, His truths cannot change.  They hold true even when they seem to go against our reality.  After all, perception is reality, so if we perceive things to be one way, regardless of how they really are, that's what we think is true.  But God's ways are the best ways...period.  

Holding on to His truths is possible.  And it really is the only way to go.  Stay tuned for some practical ways to do just that.  In the meantime, stand firm.  Choose to believe God is who He says He is, that you are who He says you are, and that He can do what He says He can do.  (Last sentence is a partial paraphrase of someone I can't think of right now...sorry about that.)

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