Regardless of if the question is ever asked, the truth is we all have expectations don’t we?
I can count on one hand the jobs I used to dream of having one day. Are you ready for this? I once said to my mom that I’d like to be a 911 Operator. (That’s due to Rescue 911, an old TV show if anyone remembers!) Other than that, there were brief contenders of a neonatal nurse or a veterinarian, but it would usually always come back to teaching.
It is the latter that I went to college for – Elementary Education.
I had it all planned out. In an English class in High School, one assignment was to write a letter to ourselves not to be opened until we turned 21. At 17, I quickly penned a note describing what I imagined my life would be like. I wrote what some might think normal expectations would be: graduating college, perhaps dating a great guy, heading into the workforce (teaching in a classroom).
Wouldn’t you know it, when I opened that letter at 21 years old – nothing was what I expected.
While I won’t reveal all the in-between, not just yet anyway (this is the beginning of my story), I can say that at 29 years old nothing is how I thought it would be.
I graduated college, but at many years past 21.
My degree wasn’t in Education – but Creative Writing instead.
I haven’t quite entered the workforce in a long term, typical 9 to 5.
And the coup de grace? I’m still single.
We all have expectations. Yet the saving grace to a life is just that – Grace.
What I wanted my life to be by now is almost non-existent to the reality of my day to day. Still a few things — a few great blessings — are here. I have an amazing support system in my family. I have been a part of unbelievable church families in each city and state I’ve lived in over the years. I have friends that cross boundaries of time and distance.
I may not have accomplished what I hoped by now, but the plans of my Creator are still in play. He has a specific will for each of my days. I may veer too far one way or another, but if I continue to place my every hope and dream first in His hands, that He may sift and direct me in His perfect way, I cannot go wrong.
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” (Psalm 37:3-5)
When I match my dreams with His will, my expectations cannot be disappointed. Especially when I expect His love and provision in my life. He has blown me away with protection my entire life. So if my yesterday didn’t go like I thought it would and my today still leaves me wondering, I can rest my tomorrow in the capable hands of my Jehovah-Jireh.
So can you.
Why don’t we do it together? Let’s encourage one another. What do you hope for? What are you trying to trust Him with today?
~ by Leigh Kay