Expect – “to anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of; to look forward”
And I wonder
What do I expect …
of myself …
of the world …
of those I love …
And above all else … of my Father?
I recall saying to an intimate once, “Have you noticed that I no longer expect anything of you?”
But on reflecting on that statement now, I realize that I had not given up on expecting
It was that I no longer expected the good, or the decent, or a change
It was a way to protect myself from disappointment
But living from a place of self-protection
Adapting a defensive posture in the world is oh so very limiting
Oh so constricting
Yes, disappointment hurts
But what is grace for
If not for the hurts and disappointments of life?
I have good reason to have good expectations
Because my Father promises to always be present, up close and personal
To work all things together for my good
He assures me that His plans for me are good
He can help me to have proper expectations of others
And look to Him to be all that no human can be
Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that You never misrepresent Yourself. You are who You say You are and You will do what You say You will do. Help me not to expect others to be who only You can be to me.
This post is number 22 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.