Expectations can sure take the joy right out of things, wouldn’t you agree? Especially this time of year when expectations can be so very high.
We want a spotless house. Pinterest-worthy decorations. Perfectly chosen presents, beautifully wrapped under the tree. Cooperative and helpful family members. Delicious and pretty Christmas cookies. We want Christmas movie moments like the ones we’ve been watching on these cold nights.
We want things to be just so for this joyous occasion of Christmas.
We place so many expectations on what we think we want and need or how our prayers should be answered. Then when our expectations aren’t met, we feel totally defeated. We tend to look past all the good and only see what wasn’t right, what didn’t happen and what wasn’t “perfect.”
When we don’t see things happening the way we believe they should be, we think God isn’t answering our prayers. He isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care enough about us.
Truth is God always answers.
It just might not be in the way we expect.
Imagine waiting years and years for a King, a Savior. Imagine what that would look like in your head. Imagine who that would look like.
Then imagine finding out a baby, born in a stable surrounded by animals, would be the One to save you. That had to be furthest from what you had pictured in your mind, right?
Just think . . . the greatest Gift of all could have been rejected because it didn’t fit expectations.
God loves us so much and He knows our needs far beyond what we can imagine. His gifts and answers to our prayers may not come in the way we are expecting or in the time we are expecting, but we can be sure that they will come.
His way, not ours. God chose Mary, on that night, in that stable, to give us this gift. The Savior of the world came in the most humble and simplest of ways. His ways are not anything we could imagine . . . but He knows and He has a plan. The waiting is not in vain. It is all part of the adventure.
Let go of the expectations and let our hearts be open to accept the gifts and graces He has for us.
My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. (Psalm 62:5)
Let us be expectant for His plans and His promises.
What expectations can you let go of today so you don’t miss the true joys of the greatest Gift of all?