Come With Expectation
One of these days I will actually post more often... but that could be awhile as busy season is about to start at work which means overtime, and summer has arrived which means yard work... and when I'm not working at my job or in the yard, I intend to enjoy the lovely weather before winter is back, walking, biking, and heading to the lakes. :)
Anyways..... this post is another Five Minute Friday.
Here goes five minutes on the word EXPECT.
1, 2, 3... GO.
Expect feels like such a weighty word... but three main things come to mind: 1) expectations change; 2) the unexpected often happens; 3) what can be expected from God.
According to Merriam-Webster, expect is: to think that something will probably or certainly happen. : to think that (someone or something) will arrive or that (something) will happen. : to consider (something) to be reasonable, required, or necessary.
Synonyms: anticipate, await, look for, hope for, look forward to; suppose, presume, think, believe, imagine, assume, surmise
When I was a little girl, I believed that I could step into the world of make-believe and be anything, do anything... and I assumed there would always be a prince to rescue me if I needed help.
As I got older, I anticipated adulthood, excited about the possibilities and freedoms that I supposed came with growing up...
... and then reality awakened me to the fact that being an adult is not nearly as exciting and freeing as it appears from the lenses of childhood. And I just hoped that I could find a career that I could settle into, and perhaps start a family of my own.
During childhood, I certainly never would have expected to be where I am. I would not have believed all the storms that God has brought me through.
I did not expect having to go through unemployment twice.
I did not expect to be married four years then be divorced as of two months ago.
I did not expect the amazing friends God would send my way and the family support He has blessed me with. I did not expect the wonderful feeling of closeness, of peace in God's loving presence.
And now... I expect that God will take care of me, that He will continue to love me, that He will bring healing and wholeness, and that He will keep His promises.
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
5/20/2016 11:45:03 pm
Hi, Angela, Being an adult IS NOT nearly as carefree as we dreamed it to be. I totally agree! You have been through much and your hope is beautiful. Yes, God brings peace. Never how we quite expected, huh? I found this verse before I started writing too, "God takes care of all who stay close to him...Be brave. Be strong. Don't give up. Expect God to get here soon." Psalm 31:23-24 (MSG). Glad you joined in this week! (I'm in spot 70 right after you.)
6/3/2016 09:05:37 pm
That's a great verse, thank you. :) And thank God there are so many great promises like that in His Word!
Great post! I think all of us have expectations for our lives that don't work out- unexpected hard times, but often also unexpected blessings in the midst of them. I love that we can always expect God to be faithful and to care for us and that we can be confident in that hope. Visiting from FMF (#25).
6/3/2016 09:08:58 pm
Yes, praise God for His faithfulness! :)
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Hi, I am Angela, and welcome to my blog. I am a woman trying to rise above the tides of this life, seeking to grow closer to God and share His love in the process.