May 29

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. Patricia Neal

I am going to guess that I am not the only one whose life didn’t turn out as expected. When I was 18, the whole world was a possibility. However, I never worked in my degree field, didn’t have kids, got divorced, and all of a sudden gotten old…..! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining, it’s been a terrific ride. I’ve had fun, met great friends, worked at interesting places, and enjoyed almost every minute of it. Let’s just say that life can hand you all kinds of surprises, it can be unexpected and not always live up to our expectations.

It’s not hard to praise God when all is going well, but it’s harder when the bottom falls out. It’s not hard to sing songs of praise when all the bills are paid, but it’s a little harder to sing when we’re not sure where our next meal is coming from, or when our loved ones disappoint us, or when I our bodies are racked with pain. Often, when life doesn’t meet our expectations, it disrupts our relationship with God and we find ourselves asking what good does it do, what good is prayer if I don’t get what I ask for, why bother?

It’s hard sometimes to keep going when life falls short. But we are encouraged to stay anchored in God when we are disappointed,  because He knows and He cares. When we are in trouble, regardless of where the trouble came from, He is there to ease our troubled minds, He is there to calm our fears and He is there to help us meet those expectations.

Gracious Lord, I am grateful for my interesting and complicated life. Remind me that you have raised me too a new life in Christ. Help me to serve you by doing those things that you have equipped me to do. Amen.

Susan Hanson