When Things Don't Happen as Expected
Hi Lovebugs :)
You had such high expectations. You just knew things were gonna turn out exactly how you pictured it in your mind. You were overjoyed with anticipation, just believing everything's about to happen... And then BOOM! Things happen but not in the way you'd expected them to. You go from being extremely excited to utterly disappointed. How could this happen? Did you miss something?
Disappointment sucks! Point. Blank. Period. Unfulfilled expectations will leave us hurt, disappointment and discouraged. We go to God trying to find the answers because it just doesn't make sense. And if we're not careful, the sting of disappointment can cause us to lose hope and reduce our expectations to just "it would be nice".
Should we have expectations? How can we know if they're too high? Too low? Is it that we've allowed entitlement to sneak in? What happened??
It is during those times of disappointment that God can do a new thing in us. He could be teaching us long-suffering, how to completely trust in Him and how to endure (why oh why can't life be easier). If our expectations aren't fulfilled, can we still believe that they will be at some point or do we just give up? Do we take the hit for now and just pray that things will eventually get better?
The great thing about all of this is is that we can go to God and pour out our hearts to Him. We can tell Him exactly how we feel. We can seek answers as to what He's trying to teach us and then endure (I don't think anyone likes this word!) until things begin to change.
Even when we don't get what we expect, God is still good. And who knows, He may have something even better for us later down the road!
Just hold on,