Hello blogging world…I am back from my blogging sabbatical! After writing 5 blog posts, one needs to take a 7 month break…in case you didn’t know that!
I know what many of you who know me might be thinking…is she pregnant? It says she’s expecting…they have four…does she not know how that happens? 🙂 In every sense of the word…NO!!! NO WAY! NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!! We are “finito” when it comes to having children! (I feel like I should say “Lord willing” after that statement for some reason!) Anyhow…nobody in this household is expecting a baby!
There is some expecting going on around here though. And I would venture to say there is expecting happening in your life too. I have recently been reawakened to the fact that I have too many expectations, of myself, my children, my husband, my family, my friends. I happened upon this quote yesterday, and it has been echoing in my heart.
“Whatever men expect, they soon come to think they have a right to. The sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on our part, be turned into a sense of injury.” -C.S. Lewis
I recently had a conversation with my man about trying not to have any expectations of people. I realized that when I have unspoken expectations, I tend to find myself disappointed. But after reading this quote, I realize I actually find myself “hurt”. So, I am taking on a challenge to myself. When I realize I am disappointed in a situation or in a person, I am going to put perspective on the disappointment by trying to drop the expectation and realize I created the disappointment by expecting in the first place. We’ll see how it goes! The truth is the only person I can have expectations of, and not be disappointed, is God. In the Psalms (5:3), David talks about his faith in God. Because of that faith, he CAN expect.
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my prayers before you and wait in expectation.”
I can trust God. People and circumstances may disappoint, even hurt me due to my expectations, but if I can trust God’s best, then I can have an expectation of Him to hear my heart and not fail me. What can I expect from Him? Faithfulness. Period. His best may not be what I foresaw, but it is BEST!
So my question for you, do you struggle with unnecessary expectations?